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Sources of income inequality in Ireland

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  • David (David Patrick) Madden

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This paper analyses inequality in Ireland via a decomposition of the Gini coefficient by source of income. Using data from the Irish Household Budget Survey of 1987, seventeen components of disposable income are identified and their contribution to inequality evaluated. Their contribution to inequality at the margin is also calculated. The paper also examines how policy changes addressing inequality can be assessed in terms of their effect upon both equality and output via an abbreviated social welfare function.

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  • David (David Patrick) Madden, 1996. "Sources of income inequality in Ireland," Working Papers 199615, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:199615
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    Keywords

    Inequality; Gini coefficient; Abbreviated welfare function; Income distribution--Ireland; Gini coefficient; Equality--Government policy;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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