Post-1970 Trends in Within-Country Inequality and Poverty: Rich and Middle Income Countries

Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2 (edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier-North Holland, Forthcoming)

CSEF Working Papers 356, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy

143 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2014

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Salvatore Morelli

The Graduate Center - CUNY

Timothy M. Smeeding

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Jeffrey P. Thompson

New England Public Policy Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Date Written: March 25, 2014

Abstract

This paper is prepared as a chapter for the Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2 (edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier-North Holland, Forthcoming). Like the other chapters in the volume (and its predecessor), the aim is to provide a comprehensive review of a particular area of research. We examine the literature on post-1970 trends in poverty and income inequality, up to 2010 or 2011 in most countries. We provide measures of the levels and trends in each of these areas, as well as an integrated discussion of empirical choices made in the measurement of poverty, overall income inequality, and inequality amongst those with top incomes.

Keywords: inequality trends, income distribution, relative poverty, top income shares, Gini

Suggested Citation

Morelli, Salvatore and Smeeding, Timothy M. and Thompson, Jeffrey P., Post-1970 Trends in Within-Country Inequality and Poverty: Rich and Middle Income Countries (March 25, 2014). Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2 (edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier-North Holland, Forthcoming), CSEF Working Papers 356, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2419870

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