Income Inequality in OECD Countries: Data and Explanations

  title={Income Inequality in OECD Countries: Data and Explanations},
  author={Anthony B. Atkinson},
  journal={European Economics eJournal},
  • A. Atkinson
  • Published 1 February 2003
  • Economics
  • European Economics eJournal
There is much disagreement about both the facts and the explanations of income inequality. Even if we confine attention to OECD countries, we find people arguing that there has been a great U-turn, with inequality rising sharply after its post war fall, and others who believe that the speed of change is glacial. In order to evaluate the historical record, we need data for a long run of years. The present paper reviews evidence about covering the period 1945–2001 for nine OECD countries. It is… 
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