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Accounting for cross-country differences in wealth inequality

  • Frank A Cowell
  • Eleni Karagiannaki
  • Abigail McKnight

This paper adopts a counterfactual decomposition analysis to analyse cross-country differences in the size of household wealth and levels of household wealth inequality. The findings of the paper suggest that the biggest share of cross-country differences is not due to differences in the distribution of household demographic and economic characteristics but rather reflect strong unobserved country effects.

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Paper provided by Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE in its series CASE Papers with number case168.

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Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cep:sticas:case168
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