• Publications
  • Influence
Trust, Inequality and Ethnic Heterogeneity
  • A. Leigh
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • 4 August 2006
Using a large Australian social survey, combined with precise data on neighbourhood characteristics, I explore the factors that affect trust at a local level (‘localised trust’) and at a national
Intergenerational Income Mobility in Urban China
This paper estimates the intergenerational income elasticity for urban China, paying careful attention to the potential biases induced by income fluctuations and life cycle effects. Our preferred
How Closely do Top Income Shares Track Other Measures of Inequality?
In recent years, researchers have used taxation statistics to estimate the share of total income held by the richest groups, such as the top 10% or the top 1%. Compiling a standardised top income
The Distribution of Top Incomes in Australia
Using taxation statistics, we estimate the income share held by top income groups in Australia over the period 1921–2003. We find that the income share of the richest fell from the 1920s until the
Intergenerational Mobility in Australia
Abstract Combining four surveys conducted over a forty year period, I calculate intergenerational earnings elasticities for Australia, using predicted earnings in parents' occupations as a proxy for
Do Output Contractions Trigger Democratic Change?
Does faster economic growth increase pressure for democratic change, or reduce it? Using data for 154 countries for the period 1963-2007, we examine the short-run relationship between economic growth
RETURNS TO EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA
Using data from the 2001-2005 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, and taking account of existing estimates of ability bias and social returns to schooling, I
Does Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment
We conduct a large-scale field experiment to measure labour market discrimination in Australia, one quarter of whose population was born overseas. To denote ethnicity, we use distinctively
Born on the First of July: An (Un)Natural Experiment in Birth Timing
It is well understood that government policies can distort behavior. But what is less often recognized is that the anticipated introduction of a policy can introduce its own distortions. We study one
EXPLAINING THE DECLINE OF TEACHER APTITUDE IN THE UNITED STATES
There are two main hypotheses for the decline in the aptitude of public school teachers since 1960: improved job opportunities for females in other occupations and the compression of teaching wages
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