Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35707
Authors: 
Peichl, Andreas
Pestel, Nico
Schneider, Hilmar
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4197
Abstract: 
In Germany, two observations can be tracked over the past 15 to 20 years: First, income inequality has constantly increased while, second, the average household size has been declining dramatically. The analysis of income distribution relies on equivalence-weighted incomes, which take into account household size. Therefore, there is an obvious link between these two developments. The aim of the paper is to quantify how the trend towards smaller households has influenced the change in income inequality. It appears that inequality would also have increased without this demographic trend. But its level would be noticeably lower than it actually is.
Subjects: 
Demography
income inequality
inequality decomposition
household structure
SOEP
Germany
JEL: 
D31
D63
I30
J11
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
255.99 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.