Report—Intergenerational disadvantage: Learning about equal opportunity from social assistance receipt

Report—Intergenerational disadvantage: Learning about equal opportunity from social assistance receipt

2 November 2017

This report examines the factors contributing to intergenerational disadvantage.

This report has been published by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

Using administrative data from the Australian social security system over an 18 year period,  the report finds that:

  • young people are 1.8 times more likely to require social assistance if their parents have received social asssistance
  • these young people also receive more intensive support
  • parental disability and single parenthood are the clearest pathways through which disadvantage is being passed from parents to children
  • disadvantage stemming from poor parental labour market outcomes appears to be easier for young people to overcome.

Access the report via the Melbourne Institute website.

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