Regional Incomes Revisited: What Happens to Income Distribution After Age 65?

Simon Kelly, Justine McNamara

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Abstract

Regional differences in overall income distributions among Australians are widely acknowledged. In this paper, we examine the extent of these regional differences for working age Australians and whether they persist into old age. Using data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we describe differences in income distributions between people by state/territory, by level of remoteness and by age (15-64 and 65+). Overall, we found that regional differences in income largely disappear in the 65 and over group, and that regardless of their place of residence, large numbers of older Australians have very low income. Our findings suggest that a substantial majority of older adults in both rural and urban areas are living on an income similar to that provided by the age pension.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Regional Development Cocktail - shaken not stirred
EditorsAnn Hodgkinson
Place of PublicationNew South Wales
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
Pages79-94
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0864187432
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventThe Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 28 Sep 20041 Oct 2004

Conference

ConferenceThe Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period28/09/041/10/04

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