Enforcing compulsory schooling through credible coercion : Lessons from Australia’s Northern Territory intervention

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Justman, Moshe and Peyton, Kyle. (2018). Enforcing compulsory schooling through credible coercion : Lessons from Australia’s Northern Territory intervention. The Economic Record. 94(306), pp. 223-238. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12418
AuthorsJustman, Moshe and Peyton, Kyle
Abstract

Australia's Northern Territory Emergency Response and subsequent School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) credibly threatened to remove welfare benefits from Indigenous families if their children failed to attend school regularly. A difference-in-difference analysis of participation rates in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy shows a substantial increase in participation rates the year after SEAM was implemented. However, administrators rarely carried out the threatened sanctions, and these initial gains largely dissipated in subsequent years. This unique episode illustrates the limited scope for promoting Indigenous school participation through conditional cash penalties.

Year2018
JournalThe Economic Record
Journal citation94 (306), pp. 223-238
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN0013-0249
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12418
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85050467836
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range223-238
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Output statusPublished
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Online24 Jul 2018
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Deposited15 Jul 2021
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