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Inequality and Living Standards: Past and Present


From: Thursday March 16, 2017, 12:00 am

To: Friday March 17, 2017, 12:00 am

Centre for Economic History | Research School of Economics, ANU
Inequality and Living Standards: Past and Present, 16th-17th March 2017
Fred Gruen Suite, H. W. Arndt Building (No. 25A), Kingsley Street, ANU

Conference Programme

Thursday 16th March. Day 1: Inequality and Living Standards in the Long Run.

9.30-9.45: Welcome

9.45-10.30: Session 1

Peter Whiteford (ANU)

“Trends in Australian Inequality: Effects of the Tax-benefit System”

10.30-11.00: Tea/Coffee

11.00-12.30: Session 2

Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III, Madrid)

“International Inequality in the Long Run, 1870-2007”

 Anna Missiaia (Lund, Sweden)

“Inequality in the Nordic Countries, 1750-1900”

12.30-1.30: Light Lunch

1.30-3.00: Session 3

Richard Burkhauser (Cornell)

“Reintroducing Haig-Simons Principles into Tax-Based Measures of U.S. Top Income Shares: A Return to the Canberra Convention?”

Peter Egger (KOF Swiss Economic Institute)

“The Taxing Deed of Globalisation”

3.00-3.30 Tea/Coffee

3.30-4.15: Session 4

Markus Brueckner (ANU)

“Inequality and Growth: Global Evidence, 1970-2010”


Allan Barton Forum, CBE Building (No. 26C), Kingsley Street

5.30-7.00: Goldsmith Public Lecture

Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III Madrid)

“Economic Freedom and Income Inequality in OECD Countries since 1850”

Friday 17th March. Day 2: Inequality and Living Standards (mainly) in Australia

Fred Gruen Suite, H. W. Arndt Building (No. 25A), Kingsley Street, ANU

9.30-11.00: Session 1

Nicolas Herault (Melbourne)

“Top Incomes and Inequality in the UK: Reconciling Estimates from Household Survey and Tax Return Data”

Gordon Menzies (University of Technology, Sydney)

“Inequality and the Fertility Transition”

11.00-11.30: Tea/Coffee

11.30-1.00: Session 2

Jeff Williamson (Harvard and Wisconsin)

“Australian Exceptionalism? Inequality and Living Standards 1821-1871”

Rob Bray (ANU)

“The Australian Minimum Wage and the Needs of a Family: A 100 Year Overview”

1.00-2.00: Light Lunch

2.00- 3.30: Session 3

Bob Gregory (ANU)

“Human Capital and the Left Hand of Darkness - Changing Gender Roles and Australian Labour Market Income over the Last Half Century”

Jeff Borland (Melbourne)

“What has happened to Labour Market Inequality in Australia in the Past 40 years?

3.30-4.00 Tea/Coffee

4.00-5.00: Special Session

Andrew Leigh MP (Federal Parliament)

“Inequality in Australia: Prospect and Retrospect”


Conference close



Kingsley Street, Canberra ACT 2600

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