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Moving Beyond The Gender Wealth Gap: On Gender, Class, Ethnicity, And Wealth Inequalities In The United Kingdom

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  • Tracey Warren

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This article is concerned with the impact of gender, class, and ethnic divisions on inequities in wealth accumulation in the United Kingdom. First, it provides an analysis, based on a sub-sample of individuals aged 18 to 59 in the Family Resources Survey, of the distribution of individual-level pension wealth to gauge the size of the gender wealth gap. It then moves on to family-level wealth to show not only how class and ethnically related wealth inequalities can cut across this gendered picture, but also how other key variables such as income and life stage can impact wealth accumulation. Researching gender differences in wealth through methods such as these is vital because it enables us to explore the long-term buildup of gendered economic disadvantage, but one also must pay attention to other social divisions, alongside gender, to develop a fuller understanding of societal economic advantage and disadvantage.

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  • Tracey Warren, 2006. "Moving Beyond The Gender Wealth Gap: On Gender, Class, Ethnicity, And Wealth Inequalities In The United Kingdom," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1-2), pages 195-219.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:12:y:2006:i:1-2:p:195-219
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700500508502
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    1. Sara Cantillon & Brian Nolan, 2001. "Poverty Within Households: Measuring Gender Differences Using Nonmonetary Indicators," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 5-23.
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    1. GRABKA Markus & MARCUS Jan & SIERMINSKA Eva, 2013. "Wealth distribution within couples and financial decision making," LISER Working Paper Series 2013-02, LISER.
    2. Sierminska, Eva M. & Frick, Joachim R. & Grabka, Markus M., 2010. "Examining the gender wealth gap," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 669-690.
    3. Alyssa Schneebaum & Miriam Rehm & Katharina Mader & Patricia Klopf & Katarina Hollan, 2014. "The Gender Wealth Gap in Europe," Department of Economics Working Papers wuwp186, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
    4. Grabka, Markus M. & Marcus, Jan & Sierminska, Eva, 2015. "Wealth Distribution within Couples," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 459-486.

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    Keywords

    Gender; wealth; pensions; class; ethnicity; United Kingdom; JEL Codes: D31; J16; J15;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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