Roger Wilkins

Research Fellow

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Roger Wilkins is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Since 2007, he has been Deputy Director of the HILDA Survey, an Australian household panel study that commenced in 2001. He has also produced the Australian income component of the World Wealth and Income Database (WID) since 2014.

His research interests are the causes and consequences of labour market outcomes, the distribution and dynamics of individuals’ economic wellbeing, and the incidence and determinants of poverty and welfare dependence.

Roger joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11191

When wage setting is more regulated, the gender wage gap tends to decrease. We examine whether this holds for a complex system of occupation- and industry-specific minimum wages, which cover both low-pay and high-pay segments of the labour market. The system has the potential to close the gender wage gap...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10868

Survey under-coverage of top incomes leads to bias in survey-based estimates of overall income inequality. Using income tax record data in combination with survey data is a potential approach to address the problem; we consider here the UK's pioneering 'SPI adjustment' method that implements this idea. Since 1992, the principal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9718
Forthcoming in: Oxford Economic Papers

Estimates of UK income inequality trends differ substantially according to whether estimates are based on household survey data (used for official statistics) or tax return data (used in the top incomes literature). We reconcile differences in variable definitions and combine survey and tax return data in order to take advantage...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6225
Published in: Industrial Relations, 2013, 52(2), 582-608. doi:10.1111/irel.12024

Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job separation, or dismissal, are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation. In this paper, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1737

This paper describes the dynamics of smoking behaviour in Australia and investigates what role smoking ban regulation has, if any, on individual level smoking patterns. The main argument to motivate the introduction of tougher smoking bans is the effect of second hand smoke on non-smokers. From a public policy perspective...