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I cambiamenti di lungo periodo nelle diseguaglianze di reddito nei paesi industrializzati


  • Anthony B. Atkinson
  • Andrea Brandolini


The paper examines the long-run evolution of income distribution in eight industrialized countries. No common trend is observed in the last quarter of a century: the inequality of disposable incomes increased in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s, and in Sweden and Finland in the 1990s; it changed little in Canada, France and the Federal Republic of Germany; it showed no clear tendency in Italy. The time patterns depend on the definition of income and, in particular, on whether taxes and benefits are included. The study of long-run changes in inequality in advanced economies cannot neglect the redistributive impact of the public budget.

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  • Anthony B. Atkinson & Andrea Brandolini, 2004. "I cambiamenti di lungo periodo nelle diseguaglianze di reddito nei paesi industrializzati," Rivista italiana degli economisti, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 389-422.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:jqat1f:doi:10.1427/19762:y:2004:i:3:p:389-422

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    1. Chiara Mussida & Maria Laura Parisi, 2016. "The effect of economic crisis on regional income inequality in Italy," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1614, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    2. Marco Cellini, 2015. "(English) Democracy and income inequality: an empirical analysis (Italiano) Democrazia e diseguaglianza, un’analisi empirica," IRPPS Working Papers 72:2015, National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies.
    3. Claudio De Vincenti & Ruggero Paladini & Corrado Pollastri, 2005. "For a Welfare-Oriented Taxation Reform in Italy," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 64(2-3), pages 189-213, November.

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