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Measuring mendicancy: identifying capacity for future economic sustainability by developing a measure of government dependency

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Denny, L and Polkan, E, Measuring mendicancy: identifying capacity for future economic sustainability by developing a measure of government dependency, Australian Economic Review, 48, (3) pp. 237-287. ISSN 0004-9018 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 University of Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8462.12119

Abstract

Accusations of mendicancy raise the question of government dependency in Australia. This article develops an Age and Economic Activity measure of dependency which incorporates age-based and behavioural approaches reflecting the various components of dependency: welfare recipients, government employees and youth. Government dependency varies by state and territory and is influenced differently by each component. Analysis accounting for varying age structures fails to explain the differences. Projections of future government dependency to 2050 find increases for all jurisdictions under three scenarios. Policy development to mitigate the fiscal challenges of an ageing population should address the components which influence government dependency.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and Institutional Development
Objective Field:Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
Author:Denny, L (Ms Lisa Denny)
Author:Polkan, E (Mr Eugene Polkan)
ID Code:108028
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-04
Last Modified:2017-11-27
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