A New Framework for the Analysis of Inequality

55 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2006 Last revised: 3 Sep 2010

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Flavio Cunha

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

James J. Heckman

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This paper presents a new framework for analyzing inequality that moves beyond the anonymity postulate. We estimate the determinants of sectoral choice and the joint distributions of outcomes across sectors. We determine which components of realized earnings variability are due to uncertainty and which components are due to components of human diversity that are forcastable by agents. Using our tools, we can determine how policies shift persons across sectors and outcome distributions across sectors.

Suggested Citation

Cunha, Flavio and Heckman, James J., A New Framework for the Analysis of Inequality (September 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12505. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=930900

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