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Income Inequality in OECD Countries:What are the Drivers and Policy Options?

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  • Peter Hoeller
    (OECD, France)

  • Isabelle Joumard
    (OECD, France)

  • Isabell Koske
    (OECD, France)

Abstract

This book provides a comprehensive review of income inequality issues in the OECD in a cross-country setting. It presents a wealth of data and analysis on the formation of inequality and identifies groups of countries that share similar inequality patterns. It also reviews developments at the extremes of the income distribution, namely poverty, top incomes as well as the distribution of wealth. An important contribution of the book is the careful examination of the determinants of the income distribution, such as globalisation and technical progress as well as the effect of a wide range of economic policies that shape the distribution of income. These include in particular labour market regulations, household taxes and transfers as well as in-kind public services. It also sheds light on an under-researched issue: do policies aimed at boosting economic growth raise or reduce income inequality?

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  • Peter Hoeller & Isabelle Joumard & Isabell Koske (ed.), 2013. "Income Inequality in OECD Countries:What are the Drivers and Policy Options?," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 8854, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wsbook:8854
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    Cited by:

    1. Farhad Taghizadeh‐Hesary & Naoyuki Yoshino & Sayoko Shimizu, 2020. "The impact of monetary and tax policy on income inequality in Japan," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(10), pages 2600-2621, October.

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    Keywords

    Labour Income Inequality; Disposable Income Inequality; Poverty; Top Incomes; Wealth Distribution; Education; Labour Market Institutions; Product Market Regulation; Globalization; Technological Change; Redistribution Through Taxes and Transfers; Quantile Regressions; Cluster Analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General

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