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Consumption and income inequality in Australia

Barrett, Garry; Crossley, Thomas; Worswick, Christopher


It has been argued that consumption is a more appropriate measure of household well-being than income or earnings. Using four Household Expenditures Surveys collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 1975 and 1993, we examine trends in consumption inequality among Australian households and compare consumption inequality with income inequality. We find that consumption is much more equal than income. Further, while both income and consumption inequality rose by statistically and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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