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The Distribution of Household Wealth in Australia: Evidence from the 2010 HILDA Survey

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  • Richard Finlay

    (Reserve Bank of Australia)

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This article uses the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to analyse the distribution of household assets, liabilities and wealth across a number of household groups. The analysis shows that wealth is more unequally distributed across households than is the case for income. While the growth of wealth over the past few years has slowed, it has been faster for households with lower wealth than for households with higher wealth. This implies that wealth inequality has lessened slightly in recent years.

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  • Richard Finlay, 2012. "The Distribution of Household Wealth in Australia: Evidence from the 2010 HILDA Survey," RBA Bulletin, Reserve Bank of Australia, pages 19-27, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rba:rbabul:mar2012-03
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    1. Jonathan Kearns & Philip Lowe, 2011. "Australia's Prosperous 2000s: Housing and the Mining Boom," RBA Annual Conference Volume,in: Hugo Gerard & Jonathan Kearns (ed.), The Australian Economy in the 2000s Reserve Bank of Australia.
    2. Michelle Cunningham & Kathryn Davis, 2011. "Labour Market Outcomes in Regional Australia," RBA Bulletin, Reserve Bank of Australia, pages 1-8.
    3. Ellis Connolly & David Orsmond, 2011. "The Mining Industry: From Bust to Boom," RBA Annual Conference Volume,in: Hugo Gerard & Jonathan Kearns (ed.), The Australian Economy in the 2000s Reserve Bank of Australia.
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    Cited by:

    1. Alexandra Spicer & Olena Stavrunova & Susan Thorp, 2016. "How Portfolios Evolve after Retirement: Evidence from Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 92(297), pages 241-267, June.
    2. Frijters, Paul & Johnston, David W. & Shields, Michael A. & Sinha, Kompal, 2015. "A lifecycle perspective of stock market performance and wellbeing," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 237-250.
    3. Ellis Connolly & Fiona Fleming & Jarkko Jääskelä, 2012. "Households' Interest-bearing Assets," RBA Bulletin, Reserve Bank of Australia, pages 23-32, December.

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