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NEIGHBOURHOOD INCOME INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIAN CITIES
Typically, studies of income inequality describe changes in population income inequality; they examine particular population sub-groups that characterise (or dominate) segments of the income distribution, but the spatial distribution of income is rarely examined. Describing changes in income inequality in Australian cities will provide information about how cities are developing and whether there are emerging geographical patterns of disadvantage.
The project team will use data from the Census of Population and Housing covering the period 1976 to 1996.
Before we can begin the analysis, we have to consider what defines a "neighbourhood". The most disaggregated level of geography available in Australian Census data is Census Districts (CDs). In most cities, CDs contain on average 200 households and 600 people. We plan to use CDs (as well as a higher level of geography) to characterise neighbourhoods.
We will address a number of additional issues such as:
The Project Team is Nick Biddle, Steven Kennedy and Cristy Williams.
For more information, please contact Steven Kennedy: (02) 6252 5462.
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