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The distribution of top incomes in Australia

Atkinson, A B; Leigh, Andrew


Using taxation statistics, we estimate the income share held by top income groups in Australia over the period 1921-2002. We find that the income share of the richest fell from the 1920s until the mid-1940s, rose briefly in the post-war decade, and then declined until the early-1980s. During the 1980s and 1990s, top income shares rose rapidly. At the start of the twenty-first century, the income share of the richest was higher than it had been at any point in the previous fifty years. Among top...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: The Economic Record
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2007.00412.x


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