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Cross-National Comparisons of Earnings and Income Inequality

  • Peter Gottschalk
  • Timothy M. Smeeding

This article reviews the evidence on cross-national comparisons of earnings and income inequality in OECD countries. It begins with a series of stylized facts which are then examined and supported by recent studies in the field. Economic, demographic, institutional and policy-related influences on earnings and income distribution are reviewed. The paper concludes with a call for more work on empirically testable structural models of household income distribution.

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Volume (Year): 35 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 633-687

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