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Top incomes and the gender divide

Anthony Atkinson, Alessandra Casarico () and Sarah Voitchovsky

The Journal of Economic Inequality, 2018, vol. 16, issue 2, No 5, 225-256

Abstract: Abstract In the recent research on top incomes, there has been little discussion of gender. A great deal is known about gender differentials in earnings, but how far does this carry over to total incomes? This paper investigates the gender divide at the top of the income distribution using tax record data for eight countries with individual taxation. It shows that women are strongly under-represented at the top of the distribution. Although the presence of women at the top has increased over time, the rise becomes smaller at the very top. The income gradient by gender has become more marked. The paper also shows that income composition differs by gender and exhibits significant changes over time, underlining the fact that it is not sufficient to look only at earned income.

Keywords: Top income groups; Gender; Income composition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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