Household Inequality and Risk Sharing in Australia

Global Economic Review (2020),

39 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2016 Last revised: 30 Dec 2020

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Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University

Stephen Matteo Miller

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Hee-Seung Yang

Yonsei University

Date Written: November 11, 2020


This study presents estimates of multi-dimensional household inequality in Australia from 2001-2017. Household earnings inequality declines through the sample, while inequality for household disposable income, non-durable consumption expenditures, food expenditures and net worth exhibits little change. The relatively unchanging non-durable consumption expenditures, even over the life cycle, suggests households insure consumption against idiosyncratic shocks. Standard regression estimates of consumption growth against income shocks confirm this finding. Quantile regression estimates indicate households experiencing negative (positive) consumption growth have more sensitivity to negative (positive) income shocks than households with positive (negative) consumption growth, although coefficient estimates have small magnitudes.

Keywords: Consumption inequality; Earnings inequality; Household inequality; Wealth inequality; Quantile Risk Sharing

JEL Classification: D31, D33, D81, E21, H24

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Youjin and Miller, Stephen Matteo and Yang, Hee-Seung, Household Inequality and Risk Sharing in Australia (November 11, 2020). Global Economic Review (2020),, Available at SSRN: or

Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University ( email )

Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Stephen Matteo Miller

George Mason University - Mercatus Center ( email )

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Hee-Seung Yang (Contact Author)

Yonsei University ( email )

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Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
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