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Consumption, Income, and Wealth Inequality in Canada

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  • Matthew Brzozowski

    (York University)

  • Martin Gervais

    (University of Southampton)

  • Paul Klein

    (University of Western Ontario)

  • Michio Suzuki

    (Bank of Japan)

Abstract

In this paper, we document some features of the distribution of income, consumption and wealth in Canada using survey data from many different sources. We find that wage and income inequality have increased substantially over the last 30 years, but that much of this rise was offset by the tax and transfer system. As a result, the rise in consumption inequality has been relatively mild. We also document that wealth inequality has remained fairly stable since 1999. Using both confidential data and publicly available data, we are able to gauge the extent to which the publicly available data conceals aspects of inequality that confidential data reveals. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 52-75

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Keywords: Income inequality; Consumption inequality; Wealth inequality;

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