Measurement of Income Distribution in Supranational Entities: The Case of the European Union

47 Pages Posted: 24 May 2007

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

Greater social cohesion is an explicit goal of the European Union. Progress is monitored considering the performance in each member country on the basis of national indicators; EU-wide estimates of inequality and poverty play no role. Yet this is a basic information to evaluate the progress of the Union toward grater social cohesion. This paper examines the methodological requirements of this evaluative exercise, and provides the first estimates of inequality and poverty in the enlarged European Union as if it was a single country.

Keywords: income distribution, inequality, poverty, Euro area, European Union

JEL Classification: D31, C80

Suggested Citation

Brandolini, Andrea, Measurement of Income Distribution in Supranational Entities: The Case of the European Union (April 2007). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione Working Paper No. 623. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=988025 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.988025

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