Demographic discrepancies between administrative-prioritisation and self-prioritisation of multiple ethnic identifications
Publication Date
Lead Organisation
University of Auckland
Lead Researcher
Yao, E. S., Meissel, K., Bullen, P., Clark, T. C., Atatoa Carr, P., Tiatia-Seath, J., Peiris-John, R., & Morton, S. M. B. (2022)
Secondary Classification
Culture and Identity

This study utilised large-scale data of multi-ethnic children  adolescent, and adults from Aotearoa New Zealand to examine individual and contextual demographic characteristics associated with discrepancies between administratively-prioritised and self-prioritised ethnicity. Results showed that discrepancy rates, which exceeded 50%, were systematically associated with neighbourhood ethnic composition and socioeconomic deprivation, but largely not associated with gender, age, and birthplace. The contextual nature of self-prioritisation highlights the importance of researchers’ choice of ethnic classification method. Implications are discussed in the context of increasing multi-ethnic prevalence