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The Distributional Effects of Inflation in Australia 1980–1995

John Creedy and Justin van de Ven ()

Australian Economic Review, 1997, vol. 30, issue 2, 125-143

Abstract: This paper examines the distributional effects of price changes in Australia over the period 1980 to 1995, using equivalent variations and equivalent incomes. The Linear Expenditure System is applied to each of a range of income groups rather than using a single set of parameters. The price changes are found to impose a relatively higher burden on lower income groups in some years, although in other years the higher income groups were affected relatively more. The distribution of equivalent incomes has the highest inequality in years of high overall inflation. However, the effects on inequality are low: the highest increase in inequality as a result of differential price changes is less than one per cent.

Date: 1997
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