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The social sciences in Australia heve been vey active in decribing, measuring, debating and seeking to understand inequality. This essay assesses how the social sciences have gone abour this research task, thier main conclusions and what we still do not know.
There have been rising levels of inequality in the earnings distribution in some OECD countries (principally the English-speaking ones) together with stubbornly higher levels of unemployment in many others. Australia has shared in the rise in earnings inequality, but not to the degree that the...