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Decomposition of Wealth and Income using Micro Data from Austria


  • Peter Lindner

    () (Economic Analysis Division)


This paper analyses Austrian data on (financial) wealth and income. The main focus lays on the distribution of these indicators. Using a decomposition procedure of the Gini Index first proposed by Lerman and Yitzhaki (1985), it is possible to recover the effect of specific forms of investments of assets and of certain sources of income on the overall distribution (in terms of an elasticity) of wealth and income in Austria. For the first time Austrian wealth and income data are used to decompose the total distribution into various categories. Additionally, there are, due to the lack of available data on household wealth, internationally only very few attempts to compare wealth and income using decomposition methods. The analysis shows that specific forms of assets (mainly more sophisticated ones) as well as income from sources that are concentrated on a small group tend to increase inequality whereas the others have an equalizing effect.

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  • Peter Lindner, 2011. "Decomposition of Wealth and Income using Micro Data from Austria," Working Papers 173, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank).
  • Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbwp:173

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    Cited by:

    1. Sebastian Leitner, 2015. "Drivers of wealth inequality in euro area countries," Working Paper Reihe der AK Wien - Materialien zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft 137, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik.
    2. Peter Lindner, 2015. "Factor decomposition of the wealth distribution in the euro area," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 42(2), pages 291-322, May.

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    Wealth distribution; income distribution; decomposition by components/;

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    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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