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Rich or Poor in Retirement? A Small Area Analysis of Australian Private Superannuation Savings in 2006 Using Spatial Microsimulation


  • Yogi Vidyattama
  • Rebecca Cassells
  • Ann Harding
  • Justine Mcnamara


Vidyattama Y., Cassells R., Harding A. and McNamara J. Rich or poor in retirement? A small area analysis of Australian private superannuation savings in 2006 using spatial microsimulation, Regional Studies . Substantial differences in retirement savings exist among Australians. Little is known, however, about how these patterns play out at a small area level, partly due to an absence of available data about wealth holdings at a small area level. This paper uses spatial microsimulation techniques to produce estimates of superannuation savings for Australian men and women who in 2006 were aged between forty-five and sixty years at a Statistical Local Area (SLA) level. The findings show substantial differences between Australia's small areas in terms of both superannuation ownership and median balances.

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  • Yogi Vidyattama & Rebecca Cassells & Ann Harding & Justine Mcnamara, 2013. "Rich or Poor in Retirement? A Small Area Analysis of Australian Private Superannuation Savings in 2006 Using Spatial Microsimulation," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(5), pages 722-739, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:47:y:2013:i:5:p:722-739
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2011.589829

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    1. Robert Tanton, 2014. "A Review of Spatial Microsimulation Methods," International Journal of Microsimulation, International Microsimulation Association, vol. 7(1), pages 4-25.

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