How much do tradespersons really earn?


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Author: Karmel, Tom; Braysher, Ben


A popular view is that tradespersons' earnings compare favourably with those with university education. This view is not borne out by wage data, but a common rejoinder is that it is the self-employed tradespersons who make the 'big' money (and probably under-report their income). These ideas are examined by analysing household expenditure data in conjunction with income data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Household Expenditure Survey and the Survey of Income and Housing. The data also allow us to look at wealth across occupations. [The authors'] findings are that neither...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Income; Outcomes; Employment; Qualifications

Keywords: Outcomes of education and training; Return on education and training; Self employment; Occupation; Educational level

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Bentley, Western Australia: Centre for Labour Market Research, 2015

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Journal volume: 18

Journal number: 3

Journal date: December 2015

Pages: pp. 329-344

ISSN: 1328-1143

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 122.794

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