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Earnings inequality and gender in New Zealand, 1998-2008


  • Kerry Papps


This paper applies a simple method for decomposing changes in inequality to earnings data from the New Zealand Income Survey and extends it to analyse changes in inequality between men and women. Earnings inequality rose among both males and females between 1998 and 2008. In both cases, the majority of this is unexplained by changes in the observed determinants of earnings; however, shifts in characteristics and the returns to those characteristics are also found to have large effects. Overall, there is evidence that male and female wage distributions are converging, although both are becoming more dispersed.

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  • Kerry Papps, 2010. "Earnings inequality and gender in New Zealand, 1998-2008," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(3), pages 217-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:44:y:2010:i:3:p:217-229 DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2010.522161

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    1. Jessica Dye & Stephanié Rossouw & Gail Pacheco, 2012. "Well-being of women in New Zealand: The changing landscape," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(3), pages 273-302, December.

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