Trends in Income and Expenditure Inequality in the 1980s and 1990s: a re-examination and further results

Ann Harding, Harry Greenwell

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    Abstract

    This paper considers trends in income and expenditure inequality in
    Australia, using unit record file data from the last four Household
    Expenditure Surveys (1984, 1988-89, 1993-94 and 1998-99) and four
    Income Distribution Surveys (1990, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98)
    conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The results
    suggest that income inequality increased during the 1990s, but that
    expenditure inequality remained stable.
    This paper is a revised version of Discussion Paper no. 56. This version
    corrects an incorrect equivalence scale used in the earlier work on
    expenditures for 1993-94 and adds results on current non-durable
    expenditure. In addition, it has now emerged that these results can be
    regarded as only preliminary, as the ABS revealed in April this year that
    it has concerns about the accuracy of the data for low income families in
    the income and expenditure surveys and intends to release revised
    versions of the unit record files.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherNATSEM, University of Canberra
    Number of pages52
    ISBN (Print)1 74088 061 7
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Publication series

    NameNATSEM Discussion Papers
    PublisherNATSEM
    No.57
    ISSN (Electronic)1320-3398

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    Income
    Expenditure
    Statistics
    Equivalence scales
    Family income
    Income inequality
    Low-income families

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    Harding, A., & Greenwell, H. (2002). Trends in Income and Expenditure Inequality in the 1980s and 1990s: a re-examination and further results. (NATSEM Discussion Papers; No. 57). Canberra: NATSEM, University of Canberra.
    Harding, Ann ; Greenwell, Harry . / Trends in Income and Expenditure Inequality in the 1980s and 1990s: a re-examination and further results. Canberra : NATSEM, University of Canberra, 2002. (NATSEM Discussion Papers; 57).
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