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Comparing the distribution of top incomes across countries

Atkinson, Anthony B. (2005) Comparing the distribution of top incomes across countries. Journal of the European Economic Association, 3 (2/3). pp. 393-401. ISSN 1542-4766

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Abstract

Comparing the distribution of top incomes across countries raises many methodological problems, including differences in tax legislation and in tax avoidance, the definition of the income unit, and the definition of a control total for income. The paper considers the significance of these problems in three applications: comparing top income shares at a point in time, analysing the extent of convergence or divergence over time, and setting national changes in the context of the world distribution of income.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.eeassoc.org/index.php?site=JEEA&page=41
Additional Information: © 2005 European Economic Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 12:16
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33627/

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