Where have (almost) all the wealthy gone ? Spatial decomposition of wealth trends in France, 1820-1939
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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|Publication status:||Published in Revue d'études en agriculture et environnement, 2008, Vol. 87, no. 2. pp. 5-25.Length: 20 pages|
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