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Institutional persistence, income inequality, and individual attitudes

Aspects of institutional quality vary substantially across countries, but are quite persistent over time. Further, institutional quality is correlated with income inequality, even among democracies. To account for these regularities, we offer a …


Intergenerational mobility and the rise and fall of inequality: Lessons from Latin America

Countries with high income inequality also show a strong association between parents’ and children’s economic well-being; i.e. low intergenerational mobility. This study is the first to test this relationship in a between-country within-country …

14.05.2019 Open Access

Demographic change and the European income distribution

This paper assesses the effect of key demographic changes (population ageing and increasing educational attainment) that are expected by 2030 on the income distribution in the EU-27 and examines the potential of tax-benefit systems to …

14.05.2019 Open Access

Heritability of lifetime earnings

Using twenty years of earnings data on Finnish twins, we find that about 40% of the variance of women’s and little more than half of men’s lifetime labour earnings are linked to genetic factors. The contribution of the shared environment is …


Book review of Commitment to Equity Handbook, Estimating the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty

Edited by Nora Lustig. Washington DC: Brooking Institute Press, 2018. pp. 818. ISBN: 978-0-8157-3220-4 (pbk), 978-0-8157-3221-1 (ebook)

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The Journal of Economic Inequality provides a forum for economic investigations and analyses of the numerous questions regarding economic and social inequalities, both at the theoretical and the empirical level. Moreover, it explores the policy implications of the field’s research findings.

Among the topics addressed in the journal is the inequality of earnings and household incomes in the Western world. Moreover, the journal investigates the gap between rich and poor countries. Lastly, it examines inequalities in educational opportunities, health care, morbidity, and mortality, both within and between countries.

Officially cited as: J Econ Inequal

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