Professional Development Seminar: Roger Wilkins on recent developments in empirical inequality research


From: Thursday October 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday October 25, 2018, 1:30 pm

Recent developments in empirical inequality research

There has been a resurgence of interest in income inequality in recent years, in part fueled by research by Atkinson, Piketty, Saez and others drawing on tax records to study the long-run evolution of top incomes. In this presentation, Professor Roger Wilkins will discuss how this research has impacted on our understanding of income inequality, its limitations, and how we reconcile it with the more traditional household survey-based analyses of income inequality. Discussion will particularly emphasise the Australian case.

About the speaker

Roger Wilkins is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Deputy Director (Research) of the HILDA Survey, Australia’s nationally representative longitudinal household study. His research interests include the distribution and dynamics of individuals’ economic wellbeing; the incidence and determinants of socio-economic disadvantage and welfare dependence; and the nature, causes and consequences of labour market outcomes. As part of his work on the HILDA Survey, Roger produces the annual HILDA Survey Statistical Report, which each year analyses the latest release of the HILDA data. He has also produced the Australian income component of the World Inequality Database (WID) since 2014. Roger is a member of the ABS Labour Statistics Advisory Group and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Panel, and is a Policy Adviser for the Australian Council of Social Service. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.


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