Domestic Responsibilities and the Employment of Young Māori Women

Published: 2008

Authors: Dale Warburton, Philip Morrison

While the employment rate of women has risen steadily in New Zealand over the last two decades, employment is still highly variable by ethnicity and age. One of the groups least engaged in paid employment is young Māori women (15–24 years). Their employment rates are much lower than their Pākehā counterparts (42 and 64%, respectively) and this is not offset by their greater involvement in education.

Although there is a general awareness of these differences, there has been no systematic enquiry into the possible reasons for the relatively low engagement of young Māori women in the formal economy. Using a full set of 178,776 unit records pertaining to all young Māori and Pākehā women from the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings, we develop a number of novel measures of household composition as indicators of domestic responsibilities.

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Warburton, Dale and Philip Morrison. 2008. "Domestic Responsibilities and the Employment of Young Māori Women," Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 3:2.