New Directions in the Analysis of Inequality and Poverty

41 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2007

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Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

John Micklewright

Institute of Education; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

Over the last four decades, academic and wider public interest in inequality and poverty has grown substantially. In this paper we address the question: what have been the major new directions in the analysis of inequality and poverty over the last thirty to forty years? We draw attention to developments under seven headings: changes in the extent of inequality and poverty, changes in the policy environment, increased scrutiny of the concepts of 'poverty' and 'inequality' and the rise of multidimensional approaches, the use of longitudinal perspectives, an increase in availability of and access to data, developments in analytical methods of measurement, and developments in modelling.

Keywords: inequality, poverty, distribution of income

JEL Classification: D31, I32

Suggested Citation

Jenkins, Stephen P. and Micklewright, John, New Directions in the Analysis of Inequality and Poverty (May 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2814, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=995502

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