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Income Inequality and Persistence Changes

Marcos Sanso-Navarro () and María Vera-Cabello ()
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Marcos Sanso-Navarro: Universidad de Zaragoza
María Vera-Cabello: Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2020, vol. 152, issue 2, No 4, 495-511

Abstract: Abstract This paper carries out a time series analysis of the Gini coefficient for disposable income in a sample that includes both advanced and emerging economies. Our results show that, in most countries, inequality has alternated between stationary and nonstationary regimes during the period 1960–2017. These changes coincide with the implementation of structural reforms and with periods of economic and, especially, financial distress. Our findings also suggest that the persistence of income inequality seems to be related to tax progressivity, income for top earners, and working conditions.

Keywords: Inequality; Gini coefficient; Disposable income; Unit roots; Structural breaks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C22 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11205-020-02444-2

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