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Indigenous job search success / M.C. Gray and B.H. Hunter
Bib ID 3536337
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Gray, M. C. (Matthew C.)
 
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Description Canberra : Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, 2005 
viii, 26 p. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0731556496
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Discussion paper (Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research) ; no. 274/2005.

Summary

One important and under-researched aspect of labour market policy is the extent to which policy interventions are effective in modifying job search behaviour. Furthermore, there is little extant research on whether certain job search behaviours lead to labour market success. Our analysis uses the only existing largescale longitudinal survey of Indigenous Australians to examine the effects of job search behaviour over an 18-month period from March 1996. One major finding is that the introduction of the Job Search Diary during the survey period was effective in increasing search intensity but this increase in intensity did not result in increased employment rates. Another finding is that the job search methods used were not generally related to the probability of finding and retaining employment when a range of other personal and regional factors are taken into account. Those with a greater level of search intensity (as measured by the number of jobs applied for) at the fi rst wave of the survey did have a significantly higher probability of finding employment than those searching less intensely. However, search intensity is unrelated to the probability of job retention. Other factors, such as educational attainment, health status, region of residence and having been arrested, account for the majority of labour market success (or lack of it) among unemployed Indigenous job seekers.

One important and under-researched aspect of labour market policy is the extent to which policy interventions are effective in modifying job search behaviour. Furthermore, there is little extant research on whether certain job search behaviours lead to labour market success. Our analysis uses the only existing largescale longitudinal survey of Indigenous Australians to examine the effects of job search behaviour over an 18-month period from March 1996. One major finding is that the introduction of the Job Search Diary during the survey period was effective in increasing search intensity but this increase in intensity did not result in increased employment rates. Another fi nding is that the job search methods used were not generally related to the probability of finding and retaining employment when a range of other personal and regional factors are taken into account. Those with a greater level of search intensity (as measured by the number of jobs applied for) at the fi rst wave of the survey did have a signifi cantly higher probability of finding employment than those searching less intensely. However, search intensity is unrelated to the probability of job retention. Other factors, such as educational attainment, health status, region of residence and having been arrested, account for the majority of labour market success (or lack of it) among unemployed Indigenous job seeker.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Also available via the Internet at: http://www.anu.edu.au/caepr/Publications/DP/2005_DP274.pdf

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Employment.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Economic conditions.  |  Employment - Labour market.
Other authors/contributors Hunter, Boyd  |  Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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