Trends in Income and Consumption Inequality in Australia

Ann Harding, Harry Greenwell

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    Abstract

    There has been much debate in Australia about whether income inequality is increasing.
    This study uses the various unit record files of national sample surveys undertaken by the
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to look at this issue.
    Section 2 briefly summarises the methodology of this study.
    Section 3 looks at trends in income inequality, first analysing results from the ABS Household
    Expenditure Surveys and then contrasting these with outcomes from the ABS income surveys
    (initially named the Income Distribution Surveys but replaced in 1994-95 by the Surveys of
    Income and Housing Costs).
    Arguably, spending is a better measure of economic resources than income and so section 4
    examines trends in expenditure inequality in Australia. One of the key findings of this study is that,
    while income inequality has apparently been increasing, current expenditure inequality has
    remained stable.
    Consequently, section 5 explores the relationship between the income and expenditure
    patterns of Australian households, ranked by their income.
    Section 6 summarises the paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages26
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventInternational Association for Research in Income and Wealth 27th General Conference - , Sweden
    Duration: 18 Aug 200224 Aug 2002

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    ConferenceInternational Association for Research in Income and Wealth 27th General Conference
    CountrySweden
    Period18/08/0224/08/02

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    Consumption inequality
    Income inequality
    Expenditure
    Statistics
    Costs
    Methodology
    Household
    Sample survey
    Income distribution
    Economic resources

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    Harding, A., & Greenwell, H. (2002). Trends in Income and Consumption Inequality in Australia. Paper presented at International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 27th General Conference, Sweden.
    Harding, Ann ; Greenwell, Harry . / Trends in Income and Consumption Inequality in Australia. Paper presented at International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 27th General Conference, Sweden.26 p.
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