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Income Inequality in Australia and New Zealand: International Comparisons and Recent Trends

  • Saunders, Peter
  • Stott, Helen
  • Hobbes, Garry
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    In this paper, the authors present results on the distribution of income in Australia and New Zealand that can be compared with those for a range of other advanced countries. The framework of analysis, concepts, and definitions used have been developed as part of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). Using data for the early 1980s, the results indicate that the income distributions in Australia and New Zealand are not, as previous research has suggested, more equal than those in other countries. Neither country has an equivalent net family income inequality ranking in the top half of the eight countries studied. Further analysis indicates increasing inequality in Australia in the first half of the 1980s and, on the basis of some indicators, in New Zealand also. The paper does not investigate the causes of these increases in inequality, although the results indicate that the rise in property income has been a factor behind them. Copyright 1991 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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    Volume (Year): 37 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 63-79

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