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The Fall in Income Inequality during COVID-19 in Four European Countries

Andrew Clark (), Conchita D'Ambrosio () and Anthony Lepinteur ()
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Anthony Lepinteur: University of Luxembourg [Luxembourg]

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Abstract: We here use panel data from the COME-HERE survey to track income inequality during COVID-19 in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Relative inequality in equivalent household disposable income among individuals changed in a hump-shaped way between January 2020 and January 2021, with an initial rise from January to May 2020 being more than reversed by September 2020. Absolute inequality also fell over this period. Due to the pandemic some households lost more than others, and government compensation schemes were targeted towards the poorest, implying that on average income differences decreased. Generalized Lorenz domination reveals that these distributive changes reduced welfare in Italy.

Keywords: COVID-19; Income Inequality COME-HERE; COME-HERE; Income Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-05
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