Peak inequality – New Zealand’s own false truth? NZIER Insight 70

23 June 2017

By Derek Gill

Kiwis are increasingly concerned about inequality – paradoxically, inequality has barely changed in 20 years.This Insight is based on new data and shows that despite popular opinion, income inequality in New Zealand hasn’t changed in the past 20 years, and it’s been at the current level before.

This new long term inequality data set was collated in a partnership with Victoria University of Wellington. It can be found along with other economic data, on NZIER’s Data1850.nz website – funded as part of NZIER’s Public Good programme. The Data1850 website provides valuable information about the country’s past economic performance, and helps people consider the future.