Good Times, Bad Times

“We have reached a tipping point,” the secretary-general of the OECD said in 2015. “Inequality can no longer be treated as an afterthought. We need… Read More ›

Who Gets What? Who Pays for It? How Incomes, Taxes and Benefits Work out for Australians

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released its latest analysis of the effects of government benefits and taxes on household income. Overall, it shows… Read More ›

Long-Term Changes in Income Inequality in New Zealand

The subject of inequality is currently receiving more attention from researchers and the media than it has for many years. Paradoxically, the huge increase in… Read More ›

Measuring Inequality of Opportunities

There is little agreement about whether inequality in Australia has increased or declined in recent years. Some experts argue that the level of inequality in… Read More ›

Should We Tax Robots?

In a 2017 interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommended taxing robots to slow the pace of automation. Funds raised could be used to retrain and financially support… Read More ›

Socio-Economic Disparities in American Healthcare Spending: The Role of Public vs Private Insurance

An equitable healthcare system, where each patient receives equal treatment regardless of socio-economic status (SES) is an important public policy goal. A key question is… Read More ›