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Regional Income Inequality in the United States: 1969–2017

James T. Peach and Richard V. Adkisson

Journal of Economic Issues, 2020, vol. 54, issue 2, 341-348

Abstract: This article contains an analysis of the nation’s 100 lowest and 100 highest per capita income counties in the United States from 1969 to 2017. The low-income counties are very different from the high-income counties. Compared to the high-income counties, the low-income counties are generally small, mainly rural, and geographically concentrated. The people of the low-income counties are also more likely to be from minority groups than the people of either the nation or the high-income counties. Despite major institutional and technological change, both groups of counties exhibit considerable stability over the last half century. A reasonable assertion from the analysis is that the nature of regional income inequality is not likely to change substantially over the next half-century.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/00213624.2020.1743142

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