The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

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Edited by Wiemer Salverda, Edited by Brian Nolan, Edited by Timothy M. Smeeding

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 768 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 247mm x 39mm | 1,210g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199606064
  • ISBN 13: 9780199606061
  • Illustrations note: 78 Figures, 60 Tables
  • Sales rank: 354,537

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The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality presents a new and challenging analysis of economic inequality, focusing primarily on economic inequality in highly developed countries. Bringing together the world's top scholars this comprehensive and authoritative volume contains an impressive array of original research on topics ranging from gender to happiness, from poverty to top incomes, and from employers to the welfare state. The authors give their view on the state-of-the-art of scientific research in their fields of expertise and add their own stimulating visions on future research. Ideal as an overview of the latest, cutting-edge research on economic inequality, this is a must have reference for students and researchers alike.

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Timothy M. Smeeding is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University where he is also the founding director of the Center for Policy Research. He the Founder and Director Emeritus of the Luxembourg Income Study Project , which he began in 1983. His primary research focuses on national and cross-national comparisons of income and wealth inequality, social mobility, and poverty among vulnerable groups, including low-wage workers, children, the aged, and the disabled. He is spending the 2007-2008 academic year as a Visiting Fellow in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York where he is examining cross-national paterns of economic mobility.

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This book should be of interest to a vast audience...All chapters are clearly written and accessible, even for non specialists. This Handbook covers almost all the themes that are of importance to those interested in economic inequality, whether from a theoretical, empirical or policymaking perspective, which is a great achievement indeed. Jacques Silber, Journal of Economic Inequality

Table of contents

PART 1 INEQUALITY: OVERVIEW, CONCEPTS AND MEASUREMENT ; 1. Introduction: The scope and worries of economic inequality ; 2. Concepts and theories of inequality ; 3. The measurement of economic inequality ; PART 2 THE EXTENT OF INEQUALITY ; 4. Income inequality ; 5. Functional and personal distribution ; 6. Wealth and economic inequality ; 7. High incomes and inequality ; PART 3 EARNINGS INEQUALITY ; 8. Inequality and earnings distribution ; 9. Inequality and the labour market: employers ; 10. Inequality and the labour market: unions ; 11. Low pay ; 12. Gender and economic inequality ; PART 4 DIMENSIONS OF INEQUALITY ; 13. Inequality, poverty and exclusion ; 14. Inequality, consumption and time use ; 15. Inequality and happiness ; 16. Health and economic inequalities ; 17. Inequality and education ; PART 5 THE DYNAMICS OF INEQUALITY ; 18. Demographic transformation and economic inequality ; 19. International migration, ethnicity and economic inequality ; 20. Intergenerational economic inequality ; 21. Intragenerational inequality and intertemporal mobility ; PART 6 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON INEQUALITY ; 22. Inequality, growth and sectoral change ; 23. Trade, skills and globalization ; 24. Poverty and Inequality: The Global Context ; PART 7 CAN INEQUALITIES BE CHANGED? ; 25. Economic inequality and the welfare state ; 26. Inequality and policy making ; 27. Prospects for achieving equality in market economies