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A different perspective on the evolution of UK income inequality

Atkinson, Anthony B. and Jenkins, Stephen P. (2019) A different perspective on the evolution of UK income inequality. Social Policy Working Paper Series, 01-19. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Policy, London.

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C4 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics > C46 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Specific Distributions
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C8 - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs > C81 - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data
D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 18:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100114

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