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Economic well-being in Italy: The role of income insecurity and intergenerational inequality

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  • Gabriella Berloffa

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    (University of Trento)

  • Francesca Modena

    (University of Trento)

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This paper provides a measure of economic well-being for the Italian context. In the last two decades Italy experienced a sharp increase in labour market flexibility and a relative loss of command over resources of young generations with respect to older ones. We include new measures of temporary work and intergenerational inequality in the IEWB, and analyse its evolution in Italy and in Lombardy (the leading Italian region) over the 1995-2007 period. We find that well-being advanced at a slower rate than GDP, mainly because of the negative effect of a reduction in employment security and a rise in income inequality, which was more pronounced in Lombardy.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 168.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2010-168

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Cited by:
  1. Gabriella Berloffa & Francesca Modena & Paola Villa, 2011. "Inequality of opportunity for young people in Italy: Understanding the role of circumstances," Working Papers 241, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Sabatini, Fabio & Sarracino, Francesco & Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Social norms on rent seeking and preferences for redistribution," MPRA Paper 57151, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Francesca Modena & Concetta Rondinelli & Fabio Sabatini, 2013. "Economic insecurity and fertility intentions: the case of Italy," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 931, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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