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Small Area Social Indicators for the Indigenous Population: Synthetic data methodology for creating small area estimates of Indigenous disadvantage

Yogi Vidyattama, Robert Tanton and Nicholas Biddle ()
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Nicholas Biddle: CAEPR, Australian National University (ANU)

No 13/24, NATSEM Working Paper Series from University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling

Abstract: The lack of data on how the social condition of Indigenous people varies throughout Australia has created difficulties in allocating government and community programs across Indigenous communities. In the past, spatial microsimulation has been used to derive small area estimates to overcome such difficulties. However, for previous applications, a record unit file from a survey dataset has always been available on which to conduct the spatial microsimulation. For the case of indigenous disadvantage, this record unit file was not available due to the scarcity of the Indigenous population in Australia, and concerns from the ABS about confidentialising the file. This study offers a solution to this problem by proposing the building of a synthetic unit record file with observations that sum to the population totals from the actual survey file. A spatial microsimulation approach is then applied to this synthetic unit record file and the results are validated.

Keywords: Wellbeing; synthetic data; spatial microsimulation; Indigenous people; wellbeing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 C63 I31 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2013-12
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