Understanding changes in Māori incomes and income inequality 1997–2003
AbstractThis paper reports findings from a study of changes in MÃ¢ori income levels and income dispersion between 1997 and 2003. Data from Statistics New Zealandâs Income Survey are used to describe and evaluate the main changes in the MÃ¢ori income distribution in this period, which was marked by substantial increases in employment rates and improvements in the skill levels of working-aged MÃ¢ori. A parallel analysis of the main changes in the European/PÃ¢kehÃ¢ income distribution is provided for comparative purposes. The results show significant reductions in the proportion of MÃ¢ori with no weekly income in the reference week, or incomes of $150â200 a week, and significant increases in the proportion with incomes above the peak income level of approximately $550 per week. Income inequality within the total working-aged MÃ¢ori population declined, while income inequality among employed MÃ¢ori was stable. An analysis of some of the key factors contributing to change in the income distribution suggests that the transition of many MÃ¢ori into employment during this period was the single most important driver of change.
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- Sylvia Dixon & David C. Maré, 2004. "Understanding Changes in Maori Incomes and Income Equality 1997-2003," Working Papers 04_12, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
- Sylvia Dixon & David C Maré, 2005. "Understanding Changes in Mâori Incomes and Income Inequality 1997-2003," Labor and Demography 0509004, EconWPA.
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
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