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A Cross-National Comparison Of Permanent Inequality In The United States And Germany

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser
  • John G. Poupore

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Traditional cross-sectional measures find greater inequality in the United States than in industrialized Western European countries, but are unable to distinguish transitory from permanent inequality. With longitudinal data, we measure cross-sectional inequality during the 1980s using the Shorrocks measure of income stability to find the degree to which single-period measures exaggerate permanent inequality. Surprisingly, given the smaller social welfare system and the less restrictive labor markets in the United States, we find that both single-period inequality and the share of that inequality that persists over time are greater in the United States than in Germany. © 2001 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser & John G. Poupore, 1997. "A Cross-National Comparison Of Permanent Inequality In The United States And Germany," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 79(1), pages 10-17, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:79:y:1997:i:1:p:10-17
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