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Studying Inequality In Income Distribution Of Single-Person Households In Four Developed Countries


  • Claudio Quintano
  • Antonella D'Agostino


The increasing frequency of single-person households has become a major economic phenomenon, and is likely to become an important political force. This paper focuses on differences related to inequality of income distribution among single-person households in Europe's four largest economies, i.e. France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. Income distribution was modeled in terms of individual characteristics using a parametric model with heterogeneous model parameters. Poverty differences were also broken down using the results of Biewen and Jenkins (2005 ) in order to understand the relationship between poverty and individual characteristics among countries. Copyright © 2006 The Authors; Journal compilation © International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2006.

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  • Claudio Quintano & Antonella D'Agostino, 2006. "Studying Inequality In Income Distribution Of Single-Person Households In Four Developed Countries," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 52(4), pages 525-546, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:52:y:2006:i:4:p:525-546

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