The Fall and Rise of Inequality: Disaggregating Narratives

18 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2017

Date Written: March 7, 2017


In this paper, I attempt to extend insights regarding statistical aggregates, from scholars such as Hayek (1931) and Mises (1947), to the topic of inequality. Using the work of Lindert and Williamson (2016), I show that a disaggregation of inequality into some of its many subcomponents alters our reading of its evolution. While I only work with stylized facts from the field of economic history, I argue that the promising implications derived from disaggregation militate in favour of more effort being directed toward decomposing the evolution of inequality.

Keywords: Inequality, Measurements, Aggregation Bias

Suggested Citation

Geloso, Vincent, The Fall and Rise of Inequality: Disaggregating Narratives (March 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Vincent Geloso (Contact Author)

Bates College ( email )

Department of Economics
Lewiston, ME
United States

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