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How much did working wives contribute to changes in income inequality between couples in the UK?

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  • Vani Borooah
  • Patricia McKee

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A number of studies have established that income inequality in the United Kingdom has gone up quite dramatically since the late 1970s (see Goodman and Webb (1994) and Jenkins (1995)). There is also agreement on the proximate causes of this rise: the growing dispersion of incomes from work (Gosling,Machin and Meghir, 1994); the increase in benefit-dependent families; and the growing polarisation between dual-earner and no-earner families (Gregg and Wadsworth, 1994; Harkness, Machin and Waldfogel, 1994; Machin and Waldfogel, 1994). This paper focuses on the last phenomenon. A major cause of

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Article provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its journal Fiscal Studies.

Volume (Year): 17 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 59-78

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:17:y:1996:i:1:p:59-78

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  1. Stephen Nickell & D Nicolitsas, 1994. "Wages," CEP Discussion Papers dp0219, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  1. Khan, Tasnim & Khan, Rana Ejaz Ali Khan, 2006. "Urban Informal Sector: How much Women are Struggling for Family Survival," MPRA Paper 17157, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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