Project duration:

6 weeks (Early January-Mid February)



This project aim to understand how income inequality depends on the organization of production. In particular, how the structure of sectoral linkages – purchase of intermediate inputs -- affects the distribution of income in the economy. The initial hypothesis is that countries with diversified production structure – more interconnected sectors – have lower inequality. The approach is to undertake a cross-country panel analysis, where changes in the production structure overtime are associated with changes in income inequality. Finally, the project will focus on the Australian case. Using sectoral data and household level data (HILDA), the project will ask whether the evolution of the input-output structure in Australia can account for the observed changes in income inequality.


Expected outcomes and deliverables:

The applicant will gain skills in data collection and econometric analysis. Students are asked to produce weekly reports, and a final document at the end of the project.


Suitable for:

This project is open to applications from students with a background in economics, 3-4 year students or master students, UQ enrolled students only.


Primary Supervisor:


Jorge Miranda-Pinto


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