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Distributional National Accounts in New Zealand

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In this study we investigated how are national accounts distributed among income percentiles. Our series display the evolution of distribution of National Accounts (either Factor Income or National Income) using two separate data bases (IR data and HES data) so our results have shown how results are different using different database as well. Findings determine that the gap between poor and wealth has changed neither over period 2006-2015, nor in a wider period of time (2000-2018) since share of bottom50 percentiles from National Income has been between 9 and 13 percent, share of middle class has been between 34 and 39 percent, and share of top 10 percentiles hasbeen between 50 and 55 percent. share top 1 percentile from National Income has increased drastically in years 2005, 2011, and 2016 while share of percentiles 90th-99thhas dropped in those years. We should stress again that our methods and results should be viewed not as a final product, but rather as a prototype and part of an ongoing attempt to provide more and more complete and transparent inequality statistics. As better sources and methods become available, the results always can be improved accordingly.


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Kirkby, Robert

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Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

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CC BY 4.0

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Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

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Master of Commerce

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Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Economics and Finance