Income and Wealth

Economic analysis of income and wealth accumulation and divestment traditionally draws on the life cycle hypothesis, which suggests that earlier life stages are spent accumulating wealth, which is later drawn down to meet spending needs in old age. This research theme explores a range of issues related to income and wealth in WA and Australia, including the distribution and composition of income and wealth, economic inequality over the life course, income poverty measurement and the impacts of family income and wealth on wellbeing.

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Inequality in later life: The superannuation effect Helen Hodgson, Alan Fenna, Ha Nguyen This BCEC Feature report examines the extent of economic inequality among Australians over 55 years of age, and seeks to identify the effect, if any, that the current superannuation system has on economic inequality in later life. The report examines inequality by reference... Read article 19 March 2018Feature Read More
Gender Equity Insights 2018: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan This third report in the BCEC|WGEA Gender Equity Insights series extends and strengthens the evidence base around gender pay gaps and how these have changed over time across Australian workplaces. The report uses unique data reported to the WGEA, capturing 4... Read article 2 March 2018Gender Equity Insights Read More
The Price is Right? Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Silvia Salazar, Chris Twomey The Western Australian economy has experienced something of a roller-coaster ride over the last decade. Unprecedented economic growth over the course of the resources boom has been followed by a post-boom period during which activity has cooled. Despite a reduction in demand in... Read article 1 December 2017Focus on WA Read More
Housing supply responsiveness in Australia: distribution, drivers and institutional settings Rachel Ong ViforJ, Tony Dalton, Nicole Gurran, Christopher Phelps, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood Key Findings A 1 per cent increase in the level of real housing prices is estimated to produce a 4.7 per cent (3.9%) increase in new house (unit) supply. These house price gains translate into a very small increase in... Read article 18 May 2017 Read More
Gender Equity Insights 2017: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Rachel Ong ViforJ The persistence of the gender pay gap in the Australian labour market is perplexing. The past decades have seen some major advances for women in the workforce and intentional policy initiatives that have targeted a reduction of the pay gap... Read article 2 March 2017Gender Equity Insights Read More
Housing equity withdrawal: perceptions of obstacles among Australian home owners and service providers Rachel Ong ViforJ, Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson, Marietta Haffner, Gavin Wood Housing wealth dominates the asset portfolios of the older population in Australia and many other countries. Given the anticipated spike in fiscal costs associated with population ageing, there is growing policy interest in housing equity withdrawal (HEW) to finance living... Read article 20 February 2017Journal Articles Read More