Poverty and income inequality

Poverty and income inequality are complex issues. Living in poverty often involves missing out on resources or opportunities which are available to others, leading to social exclusion. Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population. In many countries, the gap between the rich and everyone else has been growing markedly and women's earnings remain lower than men's. 

This research program will be developed in conjunction with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and will focus on factors leading to poverty and income inequality and what policy can do to address these specific causes. It will draw on work already taking place in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Melbourne School of Government to form new and broader collaborations across the university.

This research program will be led by Prof Shelley Mallett.