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Do Age and Experience Always Go Together? The Example of Indigenous Employment

GR KALB, B Hunter, T Le

Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations | Centre for Labour Market Research | Published : 2014


Labour market experience is central to labour economics, however, it can be difficult to measure in cross-sectional surveys for groups who voluntarily or involuntarily spend prolonged periods outside the labour force (e.g. incarceration). This paper uses census data on the age profiles of employment since 1981 to estimate the experience that Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations could be expected to have conditional on their age. This estimate is then compared with survey information on experience to generate an estimate of inconsistency between measured and expected experience. The differential is very small for the non-Indigenous population, but survey estimates for Indigenous people a..

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