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Educating Oneself out of Social Exclusion. Research Report

Buddelmeyer, Hielke, Leung, Felix, Scutella, Rosanna,

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Using the first ten waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey as well as data from the Survey of Education and Training, the research builds a multi-dimensional measure of social exclusion comprising: material resources (household income and expenditure); employment; education and skills (literacy and numeracy, educational attainment, work experience); health and disability; social interactions; community (neighbourhood quality, civic participation, volunteerism); and personal safety. The authors are then able to show how social exclusion varies across different levels of educational attainment and over time.

This research reveals that the level of social exclusion has declined over the decade beginning in 2001, except during the period around 2008-10. Education is a powerful marker of social exclusion. Notwithstanding its statistical complexity, the research clearly shows the power of attacking poor levels of education to reduce social exclusion.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : National Centre for Vocational Education Research Research Report

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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