How Much Do We Know About Wealth Distribution in Australia?
This paper surveys what is known about wealth distribution in Australia and concludes that our knowledge is scanty. The most reliable evidence comes from studies using probate returns and with the abolition of estate duties, these studies are becoming out of date. However, it is clear that wealth is very unequally distributed. The top 5 per cent of adult individuals own between 40 and 50 per cent of the wealth. This inequality is not just due to life cycle effects, and there is no strong evidence that wealth distribution has become more equal in Australia in the period since the First World War. Copyright 1984 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.
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Volume (Year): 17 (1984)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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