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Unemployment and the Size Distribution of Income

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  • Nolan, Brian

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The impact of changes in the level of unemployment on the U.K. size distribution of annual income is examined using cross-section data. Increased unemployment is shown to have a discernible regressive effect. However, reductions in shares were not highly concentrated at the very bottom of the distribution. Many individuals affected by unemployment during the year are in households/families, not at the bottom of the distribution, particularly because of the presence of other working members. Copyright 1986 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 53 (1986)
Issue (Month): 212 (November)
Pages: 421-45

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:53:y:1986:i:212:p:421-45

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  1. Cysne, Rubens Penha, 2004. "On the positive correlation between income inequality and unemployment," Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 561, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finan├žas, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
  2. Richard Dickens & David Ellwood, 2001. "Whither Poverty in Great Britain and the United States? The Determinants of Changing Poverty and Whether Work Will Work," CEP Discussion Papers dp0506, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  3. Salvatore Morelli, 2014. "Banking Crises in the US: the Response of Top Income Shares in a Historical Perspective," CSEF Working Papers 359, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  4. Cysne, Rubens Penha, 2004. "Towards a measure of income inequality freed from the volatility caused by variations in the rate of unemployment," Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 560, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finan├žas, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
  5. Cysne, Rubens Penha & Turchick, David, 2012. "Equilibrium unemployment-inequality correlation," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 454-469.
  6. Richard Dickens & David T. Ellwood, 2001. "Whither poverty in Great Britain and the United States? The determinants of changing poverty and whether work will work," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20109, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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