Long-term evolution of income inequality in the large Polish city. The income distribution in Warsaw in 1833, 1925, and 2017.

26 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2021

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Marcin Wroński

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) - Collegium of World Economy

Date Written: December 8, 2021

Abstract

In this paper, we compare income inequality in Warsaw in 1833, 1925, and 2017. The first estimate is based on tax census, the second is based on the social table, and the third comes from Statistic Poland.

In 1833 income inequality in Warsaw was very high. Gini index stood at 0.57, the share of top 1% equaled 19%. The mean income of Jews was significantly higher than the mean income of Christians. In 1925 Gini index was equal to 0.41. In 2017 gross income inequality in Warsaw was similar as in 1925, while net income inequality probably decreased.

Keywords: income distribution, inequality, Poland, social table

JEL Classification: D31; N33

Suggested Citation

Wroński, Marcin, Long-term evolution of income inequality in the large Polish city. The income distribution in Warsaw in 1833, 1925, and 2017. (December 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3980570. or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3980570

Marcin Wroński (Contact Author)

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) - Collegium of World Economy ( email )

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Warszawa, 02-554
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