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What is the Contribution of Intra-household Inequality to Overall Income Inequality? Evidence From Global Data, 1973-­?2013

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  • Deepak Malghan

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  • Hema Swaminathan

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Intra-household inequality continues to remain a neglected corner despite renewed focus on income and wealth inequality. Using the LIS micro data, we present evidence that this neglect is Equivalent to ignoring up to a third of total inequality. For a wide range of countries and over four decades, we show that at least 30 per cent of total inequality is attributable to inequality within the household. Using a simple normative measure of inequality, we comment on the welfare implications of these trends.

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  • Deepak Malghan & Hema Swaminathan, 2016. "What is the Contribution of Intra-household Inequality to Overall Income Inequality? Evidence From Global Data, 1973-­?2013," LIS Working papers 679, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
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    earnings; inequality; intra household; Theil decomposition;

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