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Incomes and Inequality in the Long Run: The Case of German Elderly

  • Timm Bönke
  • Carsten Schröder
  • Katharina Schulte

We use German Sample Survey income data to examine the income distribution for elderly individuals during the period from 1978 to 2003. The elderly population, defined as people of age 55 and older, is decomposed by people resident in the Old and New Federal States. Further, we distinguish between persons receiving old-age pensions and persons who do not. Inequality estimates are decomposed by income components, and the bootstrap method is used to test for statistical significance of results. Copyright 2010 The Authors. German Economic Review 2010 Verein für Socialpolitik.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): (November)
Pages: 487-510

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