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Where have (almost) all the wealthy gone ? Spatial decomposition of wealth trends in France, 1820-1939

  • Suwa-Einsenmann, Akiko
  • Postel-Vinay, Gilles
  • Bourdieu, Jérôme
  • Menéndez, Marta

This paper examines the evolution of wealth distribution in France during the urbanization process of the nineteenth century, based on a comprehensive dataset of individual inheritances. It presents a spatial decomposition between rural and urban areas, distinguishing Paris from the rest of other cities. Two types of decomposition are compared: a decomposition based on scalar inequality indices and a non-parametric approach based on wealth density functions. Changes in the level of wealth explained most of the spatial evolution of wealth during 1820-1939; at the turn of the century however, the effect of urbanization on wealth distribution increased gradually.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/1566.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Revue d'études en agriculture et environnement, 2008, Vol. 87, no. 2. pp. 5-25.Length: 20 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/1566
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