The magnitude of educational disadvantage amongst indigenous minority groups in Australia.

Bradley, Steve and Draca, Mirko and Green, Colin and Leeves, Gareth (2007) The magnitude of educational disadvantage amongst indigenous minority groups in Australia. Journal of Population Economics, 20 (3). pp. 547-569. ISSN 1432-1475

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Abstract

Indigenous groups are amongst the most disadvantaged minority groups in the developed world. This paper examines the educational disadvantage of indigenous Australians by assessing academic performance at a relatively early age. We find that, by the age of 10, indigenous Australians are substantially behind non-indigenous Australians in academic achievement. Their relative performance deteriorates further over the next 2 years. School and locality do not appear to be important determinants of the indigenous to non-indigenous achievement gap. However, geographic remoteness, indigenous ethnicity and language use at home have a marked influence on educational achievement. A current focus of Australian indigenous policy is to increase school resources. Our results suggest that this will not eliminate indigenous educational disadvantage on its own.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Population Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/hb
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Departments: VC's Office
ID Code: 31323
Deposited By: Dr Colin P Green
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2010 09:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 00:28
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31323

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