Does Regional Cost-of-Living Reshuffle Italian Income Distribution?

9 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2010

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Riccardo Massari

University of Rome I

M. Grazia Pittau

University of Rome I

Roberto Zelli

University of Rome I

Date Written: March 9, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines how spatial price differentials affect income distribution in Italy. The distribution of household income is ''reshuffled'' after controlling for the purchasing power of households residents in different regions, but only when housing price variations are included in the PPP index. Poor households living in Southern Italy alleviate their relative condition, but concentration of poverty still holds in the Southern part of the country.

Keywords: Income distribution, inequality, regional purchasing power parity, Italy

JEL Classification: E31, D31, D63

Suggested Citation

Massari, Riccardo and Pittau, Maria Grazia and Zelli, Roberto, Does Regional Cost-of-Living Reshuffle Italian Income Distribution? (March 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1567345 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1567345

Riccardo Massari

University of Rome I ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
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Italy

Maria Grazia Pittau (Contact Author)

University of Rome I ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Rome, 00185
Italy

Roberto Zelli

University of Rome I ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
Rome, 00185
Italy

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