Number 12: How do income support recipients engage with the labour market?

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Author:  Paul Flatau and Mike Dockery

This paper reports the results from an analysis of how income support recipients interact with the labour market. It explores the take-up of part-time employment options by income support recipients and develops a statistical model of the factors influencing employment take-up.

This report utilises the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) Longitudinal Data Set (LDS) 1% Sample to examine how income support recipients interact with the labour market. The study covers the years 1995 to 1999.

The LDS 1% Sample is a unique data set because it contains detailed longitudinal information on income support recipients over an extended period of time. The LDS 1% Sample is based on Centrelink's administrative records of income support recipients. Fortnightly records contain information on the personal characteristics and payment details of pensioners and beneficiaries

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