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Inequality among the Wealthy

  • Frank A Cowell

Using the evidence from the Luxembourg Wealth Study it appears that the distribution of wealth in the UK is considerably less than in Canada, the US or Sweden. But does this result come from an underestimate of inequality among the wealthy and of the wealth differential between the rich and the rest? Using a Pareto model for the upper tail of the distribution we can see that the inequality of comparisons of the UK with the other countries is indeed robust.

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Paper provided by Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE in its series CASE Papers with number case150.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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