Socioeconomic status and the allocation of government resources in Australia: how well do geographic measures perform?

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Purpose - The aim of this paper is to compare the performance of area-based vs individual-level measures of socioeconomic status (SES). Design/methodology/approach - Using data from the longitudinal surveys of Australian youth (LSAY), a multidimensional measure of individual SES is created. This individual measure is used to benchmark the relative usefulness of socio-economic indexes for areas (SEIFA), a geographic set of measures often used in Australia to assess the SES of individuals. Both measures are compared in terms of classification bias. The effects of using the different SES...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Demographics; Economics; Governance; Equity

Keywords: Geographic distribution; Economic factor; Economics of education and training; Socioeconomic background; Education and training system

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Bradford, England: Emerald Group Publishing, 2011

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Journal title: Education + training

Journal volume: 53

Journal number: 7

Journal date: 2011

Pages: pp. 570-586

ISSN: 0040-0912

Resource type: Article

Document number: TD/TNC 105.529

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