Understanding Changes in Mâori Incomes and Income Inequality 1997-2003
AbstractThis paper reports findings from a study of changes in Mâori income levels and income dispersion between 1997 and 2003. Data from Statistics New Zealand’s Income Survey are used to describe and evaluate the main changes in the Mâori income distribution in this period, which was marked by substantial increases in employment rates and improvements in the skill levels of working-aged Mâori. A parallel analysis of the main changes in the European/Pâkehâ income distribution is provided for comparative purposes. The results show significant reductions in the proportion of Mâori with no weekly income in the reference week, or incomes of $150–200 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 Mâori population declined, while income inequality among employed Mâori was stable. An analysis of some of the key factors contributing to change in the income distribution suggests that the transition of many Mâori into employment during this period was the single most important driver of change.
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Individual income distribution; Inequality; Mâori; Kernel density estimation;
Other versions of this item:
- Sylvia Dixon & David Maré, 2007. "Understanding changes in Māori incomes and income inequality 1997–2003," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 20(3), pages 571-598, July.
- 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.
- 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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- NEP-ALL-2005-09-29 (All new papers)
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