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Title:Accounting for changes in income inequality: Decomposition analyses for Great Britain, 1968 - 2009 PDF Logo
Authors:Brewer, Mike
Wren-Lewis, Liam
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-17
Abstract:We analyse income inequality in Great Britain over the period 1968-2009 in order to understand why income inequality rose very rapidly over the period 1978-91 and then stopped rising. We find that earnings inequality has risen fairly steadily since 1978, but other factors that caused inequality to rise in 1978-91 have since reversed. Inequality in investment and pension income has fallen since 1991, as has inequality between those with and without employment. Furthermore, certain household types - notably the elderly and those with young children - which had relatively low incomes in 1978-91 have seen their incomes converge with others.
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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