Fay Gale Lecture 2011: Trends and Recent Developments in Income Inequality in Australia

Wednesday, 14 September 2011  Features

After a decade of stable, even slightly improving income inequality, Australia suffered a sharp widening of its income distribution in the last few years – the question of why will be examined at the 2011 Fay Gale Lecture, 'Trends and Recent Developments in Income Inequality in Australia'.

"Although this U-turn is not unique to Australia, the change has seemed more extreme with Australia's rank in 30 OECD countries falling from 15 in 2004 to 24 in 2008 in terms of income equality," says Associate Professor Denise Doiron from the Australian School of Business who will p​resent the lecture.

Denise Doiron will review these changes and the broad underlying causes. In particular, changes in income inequality are set against a robust labour market and a smoothly widening earnings distribution. The roles of women and men will be analysed, in particular changes in female employment rates are related to the trends in income inequality.

Denise Doiron has made significant contributions to Australia's understanding of inequality, gender and race issues. She has investigated inequality in hours of work, wages and wealth, including looking at gaps in distributions of wages and work across males and females, as well as by migrant status. Her work on youth transitions into the labour market looks at the difficulties faced by youth, a group with high unemployment and low earnings.

The Fay Gale Lectures are named after Gwendoline Fay Gale AO (1932 - 2008) who was the first Honours graduate in geography from the University of Adelaide and went on to become an eminent human geographer. In honour of Fay's contributions to both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the wider social science field, ASSA supports a distinguished female social scientist to present the biennial Fay Gale Lecture.

Being asked to present the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Fay Gale Lecture is a prestigious honour awarded biennially to a distinguished female scholar in the social sciences. It involves giving a lecture at the presenter's home institution and the lecture series is then published in the Academy's journal, Dialogue.

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2011
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, Library Road, UNSW

For further details please contact Margaret Blood on 02 6249 1788 or assa.secretariat@anu.edu.au.