On Tuesday 18 September 2018, Associate Professor at NATSEM Dr Jinjing Li will give a public seminar at the University of Canberra on the effect of policy, market income, demography and other factors on Australia’s income inequality.

The talk titled Market Volatility, Ageing and Policies – What is shaping the income distribution in Australia between 2002 and 2016 will discuss findings from the paper of the same name. The key findings from the paper are as follows:

  • Market income is the primary driver of inequality in Australia over the past decade for most segments of the income distribution.
  • Demographic factors, on the other hand, have been consistent in reducing income inequality.
  • Policy factors also have had a moderate impact on improving equality overall. Compared to demographic factors, policy reforms play a more critical role for the lower income earners after the financial crisis, mostly due to the 2009 pension reform.

For more information on this public seminar, click here.
(Source: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis)

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