Wealth inequality

Briefing paper

21 Aug 2018

This brief paper summarises Western Australia's results of nation-wide polling exploring Australians’ attitudes to work, education, health, community and the economy.

The full results are contained in the report Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect . This New South Wales summary is a companion...


5 Jul 2018

The official figures show that inequality has risen in Australia in recent decades, mainly fuelled by gains among the highest earners.

Research report

25 Jun 2018

The first step to Australia regaining momentum for broad-based economic reform is better understanding what the community really cares about. CEDA commissioned this research to understand Australian public perceptions of and attitudes to growth and economic development, and what they think the important issues are...

Discussion paper

18 Jun 2018

This discussion paper, released as part of the Inequality Roundtable, shows inequality is getting worse in Australia, with the income share of the top 10% growing at the expense of everyone else.

Briefing paper

29 May 2018

The Turnbull Government's planned tax cuts will result in a fundamental change to Australia's income tax system. It is not simply an income tax cut - it will move Australia to a flat tax for over 80% of workers.


13 Sep 2017

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has released this report that shows Australia is at risk of becoming an Americanised society of working poor if people are not given a pay rise.


25 Jul 2017

A major economics conference wound up talking about the topic on everyone else’s lips, writes Tim Colebatch.


25 Jul 2017

John Quiggin looks at if we will have to learn to live in a patrimonial society?


6 Jun 2017

Is Australia doing enough to reduce inequality?

Research report

31 Aug 2016

This report provides information on the material wellbeing of New Zealanders as indicated by their household incomes from all sources over the period 1982 to 2015. It updates the last report published in 2015 which covered 1982 to 2014.

It is one of a...

Briefing paper

4 Aug 2016

New research released by the Australia Institute today shows that government moves to cut unemployment benefits will put recipients at 32% below the poverty line.

The research also highlights staggering inequality in Australia where the ten richest Australian families have the same wealth as...

Research report

10 Mar 2015

Public discourse on economics in the United States, and around the world, often focuses on rising income and wealth inequality. The “Occupy” movement drew great attention to the rising fortunes of the top one percent while middle- and lower-income Americans lost ground. Vast scholarly, political,...

Research report

6 Oct 2009

This paper examines the effect of neighborhood diversity on the nativity gap in home-value appreciation in Australia. Specifically, immigrant homeowners experienced a 41.7 percent increase in median home values between 2001 and 2006, while the median value of housing owned by the native-born increased by...

Research report

16 Jan 2009

Using unique information for a cohort of Australian youth, this paper explores the association between youths' perception of control (i.e. locus of control) and three educational outcomes: (i) Year 12 completion, (ii) whether youth obtained an Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) score, and (iii)...

Research report

12 Feb 2008

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This poaper investigates the relationship between inequality and intergenerational mobility.This paper investigates the relationship between inequality and intergenerational mobility. Proxying fathers' earnings with using detailed occupational data, it finds that sons who grew up in countries that were...

Research report

15 Oct 2006

The evidence for Britain shows that minimum wages are associated with a small increase in work-related training for the low paid and have not adversely affected the employment of British workers. The authors therefore suggest that the minimum wage has the potential to reduce wages...

Research report

18 Jan 2006

Several cross-country studies have observed a negative correlation between inequality and interpersonal trust. Using data from 59 countries, Andrew Leigh finds that a rise in inequality does reduce trust.

Research report

15 Nov 2005

Analysing the characteristics of low wage workers, Andrew Leigh finds that those who earn near-minimum wages are disproportionately female, unmarried and young, without post-school qualifications and overseas born. About a third of near-minimum wage workers are the sole worker in their household. Using various plausible...



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