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Household Wealth, Public Consumption, and Economic Well-Being in the United States

Edward Wolff (), Ajit Zacharias and Asena Caner

Public Economics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Standard official measures of economic well-being are based on money income. The general consensus is that such measures are seriously flawed because they ignore several crucial determinants of well-being. We examine two such determinants-household wealth and public consumption-in the context of the United States. Our findings suggest that the level and distribution of economic well-being is substantially altered when money income is adjusted for wealth or public consumption.

Keywords: living standards; public consumption; household wealth; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D6 H4 P16 P17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2003-09-19
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