Income Inequality Comparisons with Dirty Data: The UK and Spain During the 1980s

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Frank Cowell

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

Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics

Date Written: June 1999

Abstract

Inequality comparisons between countries and over time should take into account problems of data imperfection. We examine the contrasting experience of the UK and spain during the 1980s in terms of the distribution of disposable income. We consider whether the apparent divergence of inequality could be attributed to deficiencies in income data including under-reporting.

Suggested Citation

Cowell, Frank A. and Litchfield, Julie, Income Inequality Comparisons with Dirty Data: The UK and Spain During the 1980s (June 1999). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. 45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094791

Frank A. Cowell (Contact Author)

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Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics ( email )

School of Business, Management and Economics
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RF
United Kingdom

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