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Trends in Danish Income Distribution

Peder Pedersen and Nina Smith ()

LABOUR, 2000, vol. 14, issue 3, 523-546

Abstract: Most of the available evidence on income distribution in Denmark is based on cross‐section studies for a number of specific years, which are difficult to compare owing to major changes in definitions and concepts. The data base for the present study is an existing longitudinal sample of 5 percent of the adult Danish population containing a great number of background variables for the individuals. Based on this, new results on Danish income distribution, using both individuals and married couples as the income unit, are presented. We concentrate on the impact from female participation and from unemployment. In the final parts of the paper we include some semi‐lifecycle distribution measures based on work in the Danish Economic Council and relate our results to earlier long-run estimates of inequality in Danish income distribution. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2000.

Date: 2000
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