Equivalent salaries in five Australian capital cities

Henman, Paul (2008) Equivalent salaries in five Australian capital cities. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 43 4: 615-630. doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2008.tb00122.x

Author Henman, Paul
Title Equivalent salaries in five Australian capital cities
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2008.tb00122.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 615
End page 630
Total pages 16
Editor Deborah Mitchell
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Services
Language eng
Subject C1
910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
140218 Urban and Regional Economics
140219 Welfare Economics
160512 Social Policy
Abstract Over the last decade, the spatial or geographical nature of social and economic indices has proliferated. It is well understood that there are geographical variations in prices, particularly housing prices. What we do not know is relative wages - that is, given a wage in one place, what is the wage to attain the same standard of living in another place. Utilising recent budget standard research, this paper calculates relative salaries for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. It is found that in 2006 households in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth respectively require on average 24%, 7% and 4% more private income than equivalent Brisbane households to achieve the same standard of living, whereas Adelaide residents require 7% less private income than Brisbane residents. Changes in these relativities from 2003 to 2006 are examined. The public policy responses to such findings are also discussed.
Keyword Living standards
Budget standards
Household expenditure
Equivalent incomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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