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How has working life changed? Shutterstock

A snapshot of Australia by income, gender and work

Wages are stagnating and women have not benefited nearly as much as men from earlier wage increases. And what if small business isn't the powerhouse we've been led to believe? What recent HILDA data has to tell us about gender, income and work.
Tax policy appears to be one driver of inequality. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What factors influence income inequality?

An analysis of what's known as the Gini coefficient offers some clues on what makes one society more unequal in terms of income than another.
Though absolute poverty has decreased significantly in the last 15 years, relative poverty has remained stable in Australia. Dean Lewins/AAP

What HILDA has to tell us about wealth and poverty

How has the wealth of Australian households changed over the last 15 years?
Warren Buffett’s voice has been one of the loudest arguing it’s time to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires like him. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Are we ready to raise taxes on the rich? History says no

Two centuries of tax policy show efforts to raise taxes on the rich hinge on questions of fairness. The history also suggests proponents have a tough road ahead.
The United Nations is asking countries to work towards policies that progressively achieve greater equality. Martial Trezzini/EPA/AAP

What if tax reform was a fundamental human right?

Discussion about tax reform has been dominated by self-interest, with the real purpose of tax lost.
Differential treatment between international and local aid workers may undermine international aid programs. lculig/www.shutterstock.com

Mind the gap in local and international aid workers’ salaries

In the humanitarian aid and development sector, local staff are paid less and receive fewer benefits than their expatriate colleagues, even when they do similar work and have similar qualifications.
A look at spending inequality suggests America is a bit more equal than we thought. Economic inequality via www.shutterstock.com

We’ve been measuring inequality wrong – here’s the real story

A new study on inequality analyzes the impact of fiscal policy, dramatically altering the standard view of rich and poor in America. It may also change how voters and candidates think about the issue.
Agriculture remains the major source of employment in Ghana, even though its share in the economy has been in steady decline. Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

Ghana needs a new strategy to create decent jobs and reduce inequality

Economic growth is a necessary condition for development. But it can only pass the sufficient condition test if growth translates into high-earning jobs. Ghana's recent history illustrates this.
We jump to conclusions that there must be a reason one’s a ‘have’ and one’s a ‘have-not.’ Benjamin Disinger

Life’s not fair! So why do we assume it is?

It's human nature to assume there must be a valid reason for inequalities in society. What's the psychology behind why we believe there's something fundamentally different between haves and have-nots?
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage. from www.shutterstock.com

Who’s on the outer? Uncovering poverty’s many faces

Measures of household wealth don't go far enough in identifying those most at risk of being excluded from society, or in explaining the level of exclusion they face.

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