Economic Disparities across Industries, Households and States: What are the Issues?

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Canberra Room
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Avenue


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Caitlin Hindmarsh

T: +61 3 9035 8135

Melbourne Institute Public Economics Forum


Professor Roger Wilkins, Deputy Director, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne


Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Economic and Analytical Services Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Mr Marcus Walsh, Director, Economic Policy and Strategy, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

Professor Shelley Mallett, General Manager, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Tim Reddel, Group Manager, Policy Office, Department of Social Services

About the Topic

Public discussion of inequality frequently treats it as a single-dimensional issue, with much of the debate restricted to whether inequality is ‘high’ or ‘low’, and whether it is increasing or decreasing. Yet inequality has many dimensions and there are many lenses through which we can examine the issue. Are there pockets of socially-disadvantaged households? Is there an intergenerational dimension to inequality? Are some states or regions especially susceptible to changes in economic conditions and domestic/international policies? What are the relationships between inequality and industries?

In this forum, the eminent speakers will discuss these issues drawing on their leadership roles and experience in various government and non-government organisations. Topics discussed will include: policies/actions to promote innovation and entrepreneurship; issues/concerns about equality of opportunities and support for disadvantaged groups; insights about regional disparities; and the relevance of evidence-based research.


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