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A Different Perspective on the Evolution of UK Income Inequality

This paper scrutinizes the conventional wisdom about trends in UK income inequality and also places contemporary inequality in a much longer historical perspective. We combine household survey and income tax data to provide better coverage of all income ranges from the bottom to the very top. We make a case for studying distributions of income between tax units (i.e. not assuming the full income sharing that goes with the use of the household as the unit of analysis) for reasons of principle as well as data harmonization. We present evidence that income inequality in the UK is as least as high today as it was just before the start of World War 2.

Sprache
Englisch

Erschienen in
Series: IZA Discussion Papers ; No. 11884

Klassifikation
Wirtschaft
Specific Distributions; Specific Statistics
Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Thema
inequality
tax unit
household
Gini coefficient
income tax data
household survey data

Ereignis
Geistige Schöpfung
(wer)
Atkinson, Anthony B.
Jenkins, Stephen P.
Ereignis
Veröffentlichung
(wer)
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
(wo)
Bonn
(wann)
2018

Handle
Letzte Aktualisierung
12.07.2024, 13:20 MESZ

Objekttyp

  • Arbeitspapier

Beteiligte

  • Atkinson, Anthony B.
  • Jenkins, Stephen P.
  • Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Entstanden

  • 2018

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