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The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and the University of Tasmania, is pleased to present the 2011 Fay Gale Lecture:

After a decade of stable, even slightly
improving income inequality, Australia
suffered a sharp widening of its
income distribution in the late 2000’s.

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

This lecture reviews 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 are
discussed; in particular changes in
female employment rates are related
to the trends in income inequality.

Trends and Recent Developments in Income Inequality in Australia
Denise Doiron
Associate Professor, School of Economics
Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
Event details:
Wednesday 23 November 2011, 6pm-8pm
Dechaineux Theatre, School of Art, University of Tasmania
(Entry off Hunter St, Sullivan’s Cove)
RSVP by 20 November
Email: or Phone: 6226 2521

Dr Alex Wadsley, representing the Economic Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch), Dr Sarah Jennings,
representing the University of Tasmania and Professor Rod Rhodes, representing the Academy of the Social
Sciences in Australia, cordially invite guests to stay for refreshments at the conclusion of the lecture.

The Fay Gale Lecture honours the late Professor Gwendoline Fay Gale AO (1932-2008), the first female
President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and an eminent social scientist. Every two
years the Academy invites a distinguished female social scientist to present the Fay Gale Lecture.


Denise Doiron has MA and PhD degrees in
Economics from the University of British
Columbia, Canada. She has held
academic appointments at the University of
Western Ontario, the University of British
Columbia and the University of Sydney and
visiting appointments at the University of
Boston, the University of Washington and
the Australian National University.

Doiron has worked on a variety of topics in labour, social policy
and health including: wage determination and bargaining,

inequality, labour market transitions, health workforce, private
health insurance, welfare policies and incentives. Her work has
appeared in the leading journals in her fields. She has worked
with government and other organizations to improve the
collection and use of public data in relation to labour, health and
social policy.

Denise won Best Paper prizes from both the Australian Economic
Society and the Australian Health Economics Association. She is
currently co-editor of The Economic Record.
Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Tasmanian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and the University of Tasmania