Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 1

  • ID: 1762509
  • May 2000
  • 938 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Distributional issues may not have always been among the main concerns of the economic profession. Today, in the beginning of the 2000s, the position is different. During the last quarter of a century, economic growth proved to be unsteady and rather slow on average. The situation of those at the bottom ceased to improve regularly as in the preceding fast growth and full-employment period. Europe has seen prolonged unemployment and there has been widening wage dispersion in a number of OECD countries. Rising affluence in rich countries coexists, in a number of such countries, with the persistence of poverty. As a consequence, it is difficult nowadays to think of an issue ranking high in the public economic debate without some strong explicit distributive implications. Monetary policy, fiscal policy, taxes, monetary or trade union, privatisation, price and competition regulation, the future of the Welfare State are all issues which are now often perceived as conflictual because of their strong redistributive content.

Economists have responded quickly to the renewed general interest in distribution, and the contents of this Handbook are very different from those which would have READ MORE >

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Introduction. Income distribution and Economics (A.B. Atkinson, F. Bourguignon). Social justice and distribution of income (A.K. Sen). Measurement of inequality (F.A. Cowell). Three centuries of inequality in Britain and America (P.H. Lindert). Historical perspectives on income distribution: The case of Europe (C. Morrisson). Empirical evidence on income inequality in industrialized countries (P. Gottschalk, T.M. Smeeding). Income poverty in advanced countries (M. Jäntti, S. Danziger). Theories of the distribution of earnings (D. Neal, S. Rosen). Theories of persistent inequality and intergenerational mobility (T. Piketty). Macroeconomics of distribution and growth (G. Bertola). Wealth inequality, wealth constraints and economic performance (P. Bardhan, S. Bowles and H. Gintis). The distribution of wealth (J.B. Davies, A.F. Shorrocks). Redistribution (R. Boadway, M. Keen). Income distribution and development (R. Kanbur). Income distribution, economic systems and transition (J. Flemming, J. Micklewright).

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Atkinson, Anthony B.
Sir Tony Atkinson is Professor of Economics at Oxford University and Fellow of Nuffield College, where he was Warden from 1994 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, and of the International Economic Association. He was knighted in 2001 for services to economics and is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.
Bourguignon, F.

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