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Income distribution

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Income inequality


Working paper

Lifecycle earnings risk and insurance: new evidence from Australia

This paper studies the nature of earnings dynamics in Australia, using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey 2001-2020.
Report

Economic and other wellbeing in Australia – October 2022

This paper describes the trends, variation and determinants of wellbeing over the tumultuous period since COVID-19 first reached Australia and up until October 2022, with a particular focus on changes in economic wellbeing.
Report

Profits and the pandemic: as shareholder wealth soared, workers were left behind

This report examines the pay practices and financial outcomes at some of America's best-known companies in sectors spanning retail, delivery, fast food, hotels and entertainment. Together, the 22 companies employ more than 7 million frontline workers.
Report

World inequality report 2022

This report presents the most up-to-date synthesis of international research efforts to track global inequalities. The data and analysis presented here are based on the work of more than 100 researchers over four years, located on all continents, contributing to the World Inequality Database, maintained...
Report

All ears: putting the public at the heart of levelling up

If 'levelling up' is to be seen as legitimate by those it is trying to help, it must meaningfully involve the public in decisions about how money is spent. This report finds that that the public is divided on what levelling up should look like...
Working paper

Intergenerational well-being: baby boomers, generation X, and millennials in Australia

This paper discusses the relative well-being of three generations: baby boomers, Generation X and millennials. Drawing on the OECD well-being framework, the paper examines income and wealth, housing, working conditions, health, education, environmental quality, social connections, safety and inequality.
Report

Attitudes to inequalities

This research identifies three distinct groups within the population that emerged from a survey of responses to questions about structural and individual causes of inequalities, fairness and perceptions of inequalities in the United Kingdom.
Report

Prosperity and justice after the pandemic

The inequalities across the UK is starting to play out in our politics. People do not believe that their voices are being heard and feel disempowered. This report outlines policy options to aid in creating an economy that delivers both prosperity and justice for all...
Report

Levelling up: five questions about what the government means by the phrase

This report looks at what is known about the UK government’s priorities for 'levelling up.' Based on the Plan for Growth, Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech in July, and the main policies announced so far, it is clear that levelling up is about more than...
Working paper

Using census, social security and tax data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) to impute the complete Australian income distribution

The synthetic income measure developed in this project provides a robust measure of income levels and dynamics for a very large sample of Australian adults, and if analysed carefully, can help support our understanding of access to economic resources in Australia and how it varies...
Report

Inquiry into the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia: final report

Regional inequality has been increasing in many countries. It is well recognised that living standards across Australia are also not equal. People in regions away from the capital cities generally have lower incomes, poorer health outcomes, less access to services. This inquiry report looks at...
Report

Billionaire wealth vs. community health: protecting essential workers from pandemic profiteers

This report identifies a dozen companies in the United States that have seen their fortunes increase, but continue to provide inadequate protection for their workers. These companies are emblematic of the corporate greed that has grown rampant over the last forty years.
Discussion paper

Regenerative, distributive, resilient Aotearoa

This document lays out BERL’s perspective of the economy and its role in achieving a low-emission, regenerative, distributive and resilient Aotearoa New Zealand. The key premise of this article is that a wider economic model that values people and our planet is valid and necessary...
Report

Australia's community sector and COVID-19

The Australian community sector survey on which this publication is based was conducted during July 2020, at a time during which the sector was grappling with significant health, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated changes in policy and service delivery.
Report

Who wins and who pays? Rentier power and the Covid crisis

This analysis of recent UK economic support measures suggests that the crisis will exacerbate inequalities between the working poor and the asset-owning wealthy.
Report

Forgotten people and forgotten places: Canada’s economic performance in the age of populism

Donald Trump’s surprising election and the rise of populism in various other Western democracies is a salutary warning to Canadian policy-makers. It cannot be assumed that Canada is immune to these same forces. What are the causes of rising populism? What can policy-makers do to...
Report

The Sustainable Development Goals report 2019

This report provides evidence-based insights to see if our actions today are laying the right foundation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Commentary

How to make Australia fairer

We’re doing better than many comparable countries, but that’s not enough, says Carmela Chivers.
Report

Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot

This report highlights learning from basic income pilots underway or in planning in Finland, Ontario and the Netherlands, compiled from discussions with representatives at the Basic Income Earth Network 2018 World Congress.
Briefing paper

Public good or private wealth?

This report reveals that the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by 12%, or almost AUD $3.5 billion a day last year. At the same time, the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth shrink by 11%, a burden disproportionately carried by women and girls.