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The benefits of reducing persistent disadvantage

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Jason Timmins

Date published

29 September 2022

This research note is a supplementary paper published alongside the Commission’s interim report A Fair Chance for All: Breaking the cycle of persistent disadvantage.

This research note examines how improvements in an individual’s wellbeing can create benefits for others in their collectives. There are very few studies that have attempted to quantify the total individual and wider community benefits of reducing persistent disadvantage. This is due to data limitations and the difficultly in attributing the experience of persistent disadvantage on people’s outcomes. Instead, the note summarises some of the evidence about the types and size of the benefits of reducing persistent disadvantage that are expected to flow from the individual to their family, whānau, and the wider community.


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