Multidimensional Affluence: Theory and Applications to Germany and the US

46 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2011

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Andreas Peichl

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Nico Pestel

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper suggests multidimensional affluence measures for the top of the distribution. In contrast to commonly used top income shares, they allow the analysis of the extent, intensity and breadth of affluence in several dimensions within a common framework. We illustrate this by analyzing the role of income and wealth as dimensions of multidimensional well-being in Germany and the US in 2007 as well as for the US over the period 1989-2007. We find distinct country differences with the country ranking depending on the measure. While in Germany wealth predominantly contributes to the intensity of affluence, income is more important in the US.

Keywords: top incomes, multidimensional measurement, richness, wealth, inequality

JEL Classification: D31, D63, I31

Suggested Citation

Peichl, Andreas and Pestel, Nico, Multidimensional Affluence: Theory and Applications to Germany and the US. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5926. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1921977

Andreas Peichl (Contact Author)

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL) ( email )

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University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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Nico Pestel

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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