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A Comparison of Income and Expenditure Inequality Estimates: The Australian Evidence, 1975-76 to 1993-94

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posted on 2023-05-16, 12:34 authored by Paul BlacklowPaul Blacklow, Ray, R
Using Australian unit record data this paper compares income and expenditure inequalities over the period 1975-76 to 1993-94. The study finds inconsistencies between the two inequality movements over much of this period. We also observe differences in the nature of income and consumption disparities. Both approaches show that the 'within group' inequality dominates the 'between group' component when the population is divided into household types. The inequality estimates are sensitive to the equivalence scale used as the household size deflator but not to the cost of living index used as the price deflator.

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Publication title

The Australian Economic Review

Volume

33

Issue

4

Pagination

317-29

ISSN

0004-9018

Department/School

TSBE

Publisher

Blackwell Publishers Ltd

Place of publication

Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Restricted

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