A new look at the distribution and determinants of income in Australia: Evidence from linked tax, social security and Census data

Recently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been leading the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP). This project involves linking of data from the Census to administrative data from three sources - an individual tax payer database, an income support database, and a government-funded health services database. This unique database has only just been made available (in a deidentified format) to external academic researchers. This paper provides a first external analysis of the linked dataset, with the following substantive and methodological focuses:

  • The background to MADIP and the four component datasets (the Census, and the three administrative datasets);
  • The linkage process and the quality of the linked data;
  • What can the data tell us about the distribution of income in Australia, taking into account taxable income and income-support status;
  • Mobility across the income distribution, and how that relates to demographic and geographic characteristics;
  • Whether there are differences by race and ethnicity in taxable income, controlling for observable human capital characteristics; and
  • The implications for linkage of large survey datasets to administrative databases, including the policy recommendations that might result.

Date & time

Wed 14 Nov 2018, 2–3pm

Location

Jean Martin Room, Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building
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Speakers

A/Prof Nicholas Biddle

Contacts

Maddie LeLievre
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