Australian poverty and inequality trends in the 21st Century

When:12 Feb 2019, 3pm - 4pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
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In 2018 two reports on poverty and inequality were released as part of the Poverty and Inequality Partnership between UNSW and the Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS). This presentation will summarise our knowledge of trends since the turn of the century.

Following a period of strong income growth, median incomes are now stagnant. Overall inequality has been reasonably stable (though still growing at the very top) while wealth inequality has increased. Poverty amongst the aged has decreased as a result of substantial increases in the Age Pension, but poverty among other disadvantaged groups has increased as other payments have either been reduced or held constant in real terms.

Bruce Bradbury is an Associate Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre. His research examines poverty and inequality, social policies and program evaluation. Recent publications include Labour income, social transfers and child poverty (Social Indicators Research, with Jantti and Lindahl) and Too many children left behind: The U.S. achievement gap in comparative perspective (Russell Sage, with Corak, Waldfogel and Washbrook).

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