Income Distribution in Brazil 1981-1990: Parametric and Non-Parametric Approaches

Posted: 21 Feb 2008

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Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Francisco H. G. Ferreira

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics

Date Written: March 1996

Abstract

Using a newly available comprehensive micro-data set we examine changes in the shape of the Brazilian income distribution during the "lost decade" of the 1980s. We adopt alternative parametric and non-parametric approaches to modelling the distribution. We show that inequality changed dramatically during the decade, along with modest changes in average income. Applying nonparametric kernel density estimation methods we also show that the shape of the underlying income distribution was transformed in a particularly interesting fashion.

Suggested Citation

Cowell, Frank A. and Ferreira, Francisco H. G. and Litchfield, Julie, Income Distribution in Brazil 1981-1990: Parametric and Non-Parametric Approaches (March 1996). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. 21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094766

Frank A. Cowell (Contact Author)

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Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics ( email )

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