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Wealth Distribution And Investment Income In Britain

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  • A. B. Atkinson
  • A. J. Harrison

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This paper examines two different approaches to the estimation of the size distribution of wealth. The first section describes new estimates for the distribution in Britain in 1968 using the estate method and discusses the sensitivity of the results to the main assumptions. The second section presents preliminary estimates using the investment data, a method which has not been widely used. In the final section the results obtained for the upper tail of the distribution from the two methods are compared.

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  • A. B. Atkinson & A. J. Harrison, 1974. "Wealth Distribution And Investment Income In Britain," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 20(2), pages 125-142, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:20:y:1974:i:2:p:125-142
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.1974.tb00914.x
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    1. Thomas F. Crossley & Cormac O'Dea & Facundo Alvaredo & Anthony B. Atkinson & Salvatore Morelli, 2016. "The Challenge of Measuring UK Wealth Inequality in the 2000s," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 37, pages 13-33, March.
    2. Mauro Baranzini, 2005. "Modigliani's life-cycle theory of savings fifty years later," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 58(233-234), pages 109-172.
    3. Alvaredo, Facundo & Atkinson, Anthony B. & Morelli, Salvatore, 2018. "Top wealth shares in the UK over more than a century," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 26-47.
    4. Mauro Baranzini, 2005. "Modigliani's life-cycle theory of savings fifty years later," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 58(233-234), pages 109-172.
    5. Aroop Chatterjee, 2019. "Measuring wealth inequality in South Africa: An agenda," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-45, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Goodness C. Aye & Laurence Harris & Junior T. Chiweza, 2020. "Monetary policy and wealth inequality in South Africa: Evidence from tax administrative data," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2020-174, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    7. Florencia Torche & Seymour Spilerman, 2006. "Household Wealth in Latin America," WIDER Working Paper Series RP2006-114, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    8. Alvaredo, Facundo & Atkinson, Anthony B. & Morelli, Salvatore, 2018. "Top wealth shares in the UK over more than a century," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 26-47.

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