Trends in Maori and Non-Maori Labour Force Participation, Incomes and Restructuring, 1981 to 1991


  • Ben Amey University of Waikato



The aim of this paper is to determine the relative impact of economic restructuring on Maori during the 1980s and early 1990s. The data come from special tabulations compiled from Census data. A combination of income classes and medians are used as measures to identify trends by ethnicity, family type, and labour force status. In particular, Maori and Non-Maori labour force participation rates are compared with income distribution trends to determine relationships between income levels and labour force participation. The degree of Maori income inequality increased during the 1980s both relative to 1981 and to Non-Maori families in 1991.


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Author Biography

Ben Amey, University of Waikato

Master Student at the Population Studies Centre