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Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries

Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jantti


This book presents original empirical research on economic inequality in affluent countries, using comparable data from two widely-recognized, high quality, data sources: the Luxembourg Income Study Database and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database. Both of these publicly-accessible databases are housed at LIS, a cross-national data archive that is directed by the book's two Editors. The volume's seventeen empirical chapters explore change over time in income inequality; the ways in which politics affects and is affected by economic inequality; the extent to which women's work, paid and unpaid ... More

Keywords: income distribution, inequality, middle class, households, cross-national affluent countries, women's work, wealth, public opinion, Luxembourg Income Study, Luxembourg Wealth Study

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778244
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778244.001.0001


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Janet C. Gornick, author

Markus Jantti, author

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Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti

Part I Income: Trends in Household Income Inequality

Chapter One How Has Income Inequality Grown?

Arthur S. Alderson and Kevin Doran

Part II The Middle Class: The Middle Class in the Income Distribution

Chapter Two On the Identification of the Middle Class

Anthony B. Atkinson and Andrea Brandolini

Part III Politics: Inequality, Political Behavior, and Public Opinion

Chapter Five Political Sources of Government Redistribution in High-Income Countries

Vincent A. Mahler, David K. Jesuit, and Piotr R. Paradowski

Part IV Employment: Women's Work, Inequality, and the Economic Status of Families

Chapter Eight Women's Employment, Unpaid Work, and Economic Inequality

Nancy Folbre, Janet C. Gornick, Helen Connolly, and Teresa Munzi

Chapter Nine Women's Work, Family Earnings, and Public Policy

Margarita Estévez-Abe and Tanja Hethey-Maier

Part V Wealth: The Distribution of Assets and Debt

Chapter Ten The Distribution of Assets and Debt

Eva Sierminska, Timothy M. Smeeding, and Serge Allegrezza

Chapter Eleven The Joint Distribution of Income and Wealth

Markus Jäntti, Eva Sierminska, and Philippe Van Kerm

Part VI Country Case Studies: Inequality in Japan, Iceland, India, and South Africa

Chapter Fifteen Income Inequality in Boom and Bust

Stefán Ólafsson and Arnaldur Sölvi Kristjánsson

Chapter Seventeen Post-Apartheid Changes in South African Inequality

Murray Leibbrandt, Arden Finn, and Ingrid Woolard


Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti

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