Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150584
Authors: 
Burkhauser, Richard V.
Oshio, Takashi
Rovba, Ludmila
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 35
Abstract: 
Using kernel density estimation we find that over their 1990s business cycles the entire distribution of after-tax (disposable) income moved to the right in the United States and Great Britain while inequality declined. In contrast, Germany and Japan experienced less growth, a rise in inequality and a decline in the middle mass of their distributions that spread mostly to the right, much like the United States over its 1980s business cycle. Inequality fell within the older population in all four countries and within the younger population in the United States and Great Britain, but rose substantially in Germany and Japan.
Subjects: 
income inequality
kernel density estimation
economic well-being
cross-country comparisons
JEL: 
D3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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