How Income Inequality Changed in Germany following Reunification: An Empirical Analysis Using Decomposable Inequality Measures
This paper analyzes how inequality in before and after government income has changed in Germany since reunification using the 1990 through 1992 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel. A Theil decomposable index is used to measure inequality in Germany and in its eastern and western states. Massive public transfers from west to east have narrowed the east-west income gap, substantially offset the rise in income inequality from private sources, and lowered overall inequality in the western states. The net result of this policy has been a drop in after government income inequality in Germany between 1990 and 1992. Copyright 1996 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
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Volume (Year): 42 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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