Neighbourhood effects and community spillovers in the Australian youth labour market.

Dan Andrews, University of Queensland
Colin Green, University of Queensland
John Mangan, University of Queensland

Longitudinal surveys of Australian youth research report ; n.24


Neighbourhood effects refer to the situation whereby residential location impacts on the social outcomes of individuals, above and beyond what would be expected from their personal and family characteristics. A number of theories of neighbourhood effects exist. These can be broadly classified as theories of collective socialisation theories; contagion-based or 'epidemic' theories; and information network theories. Existing Australian research has focused mainly on the impact of neighbourhoods on youth education decisions. In contrast, this study models the probability of unemployment as a function of personal characteristics, family structure and neighbourhood composition. [Executive summary, ed]