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Mind the wealth gap: a new allocation method to match micro and macro statistics for household wealth

Michele Cantarella (), Andrea Neri and Maria Giovanna Ranalli

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Abstract: The financial and economic crisis recently experienced by many European countries has increased demand for timely, coherent and consistent distributional information for the household sector. In the Euro area, most of the NCBs collect such information through income and wealth surveys, which are often used to inform their decisions. These surveys, however, can often suffer from biases, usually caused by non-response and under-reporting behaviours, leading to a mismatch with macroeconomic aggregates. In this paper, we develop a novel allocation method which combines information from a power law (Pareto) model and imputation procedures so to address these issues simultaneously, when only limited external information is available. We provide two important contributions: first, we adjust the weights of observed survey households for non-response bias, then, we correct for measurement error. Finally, we produce distributional indicators for four Euro-Area countries.

Date: 2021-01, Revised 2021-01
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