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Income Distribution in Brazil 1981-1990: Parametric and Non-Parametric Approaches

Frank Cowell (), Francisco Ferreira () and Julie Litchfield

STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers from Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE

Abstract: Using a newly available comprehensive micro-data set we examine changes in the shape of the Brazilian income distribution during the "lost decade" of the 1980s. We adopt alternative parametric and non-parametric approaches to modelling the distribution. We show that inequality changed dramatically during the decade, along with modest changes in average income. Applying nonparametric kernel density estimation methods we also show that the shape of the underlying income distribution was transformed in a particularly interesting fashion.

Keywords: Income distribution; inequality; kernel density estimation; Pareto functions; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996-03
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