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

Janet C. Gornick, Markus Jantti

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Published: 01-08-2014


This volume presents cross-nationally comparative evidence on income inequality trends, women’s employment and its effect on inequality, the distribution of wealth, and the interaction of politics with inequality across several mainly high-income countries.

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SKU: 9780804793346



This state-of-the-art volume presents comparative, empirical research on a topic that has long preoccupied scholars, politicians, and everyday citizens: economic inequality. While income and wealth inequality across all populations is the primary focus, the contributions to this book pay special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature.Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters draw on microdata from the databases of LIS, an esteemed cross-national data center based in Luxembourg. Using LIS data to structure a comparative approach, the contributors paint a complex portrait of inequality across affluent countries at the beginning of the 21st century. The volume also trail-blazes new research into inequality in countries newly entering the LIS databases, including Japan, Iceland, India, and South Africa.

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Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 155 × 235 mm
Page Count 540