Income inequality in Canada: Part 6 – gender and age

For my next step in looking at income inequality in Canada, I thought it would be interesting to look at average wages with respect to age and gender.  It would have been nice to include level-of-education and number of years of work experience (rather than just having the age of the individual), but I was unable to find a dataset with all these properties.  I did find some interesting data regarding education-level and escaping from poverty, but that’s for another post.

Today, I will show the overall results for Canada and the provinces.  In following days, I will publish more detailed results for the individual provinces which will show average wages for the different categories of occupation.

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Explanations for the 1995-2000 surge in inequality

In my last post, I was happy to come across my first unexpected result: that the vast majority of the rise in income inequality in Canada from 1976-2011 occurred within the 5 year span of 1995-2000.  I was looking for some possible explanations to why this occurred when I came across this interesting paper by Emmanuel Saez and Michael Veall.  They also remark on the 1995 surge in inequality and offer some explanations – I will summarize two which I found to be the most relevant and interesting:

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