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Capital income shares and income inequality in the European Union

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  • Schlenker, Eva
  • Schmid, Kai D.

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In this paper, we measure the effect of changing capital income shares upon inequality of gross household income. Using EU-SILC data covering 17 EU countries from 2005 to 2011 we find that capital income shares are positively associated with the concentration of gross household income. Moreover, we show that the transmission of a shift in capital income shares into the personal distribution of income depends on the concentration of capital income in an economy. Using fixed effect models we find that changing capital income shares play an important role in the development of household income inequality. Hence, in many industrialized countries income inequality has by no means evolved independently from the observed structural shift in factor income towards a higher capital income share over the last decades. --

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Paper provided by University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID) in its series FZID Discussion Papers with number 80-2013.

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Keywords: Factor Shares; Income Inequality; EU-SILC; Fixed Effects;

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  1. Christian Belabed & Thomas Theobald & Till van Treeck, 2013. "Income Distribution and Current Account Imbalances," INET Research Notes 36, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
  2. Jan Behringer & Till van Treeck, 2013. "Income distribution and current account: A sectoral perspective," IMK Working Paper 125-2013, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.

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