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Mechanical model of personal income distribution

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  • Ivan O. Kitov

    (Russian Academy of Science)

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A microeconomic model is developed, which accurately predicts the shape of personal income distribution (PID) in the United States and the evolution of the shape over time. The underlying concept is borrowed from geo-mechanics and thus can be considered as mechanics of income distribution. The model allows the resolution of empirical and definitional problems associated with personal income measurements. It also serves as a firm fundament for definitions of income inequality as secondary derivatives from personal income distribution. It is found that in relative terms the PID in the US has not been changing since 1947. Effectively, the Gini coefficient has been almost constant during the last 60 years, as reported by the Census Bureau.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 110.

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Length: 221 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2009-110

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Keywords: personal income; modelling; mechanics; the US;

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  1. Adrian Dragulescu & Victor M. Yakovenko, 2001. "Exponential and power-law probability distributions of wealth and income in the United Kingdom and the United States," Papers cond-mat/0103544, arXiv.org, revised Mar 2001.
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  2. Kitov, Ivan, 2009. "Does economics need a scientific revolution?," MPRA Paper 14476, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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