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Accounting for Changes in Income Inequality: Decomposition Analyses for the UK, 1978-2008

Brewer, Mike and Wren-Lewis, Liam (2016) 'Accounting for Changes in Income Inequality: Decomposition Analyses for the UK, 1978-2008.' Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 78 (3). 289 - 322. ISSN 0305-9049

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We analyse income inequality in the UK from 1978 to 2009 in order to understand why income inequality rose very rapidly from 1978 to 1991 but then remained broadly unchanged. We find that inequality in earnings among employees has risen fairly steadily since 1978, but other factors that caused income inequality to rise before 1991 have since gone into reverse. 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 the period to 1991 have seen their incomes converge with others.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2015 15:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 12:15

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