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Inequality in Indonesia: What can we learn from top incomes?

Leigh, Andrew; van der Eng, Pierre


Abstract: Using taxation and household survey data, this paper estimates top income shares for Indonesia during 1920-2004. Our results suggest that top income shares grew during the 1920s and 1930s, but fell in the post-war era. We observe a sharp rise in top income shares during the late-1990s, coinciding with the 1997-98 economic crisis. Where comparable data are available, top income shares in Indonesia are generally higher than in other countries, a finding that is at odds with the view...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Public Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2008.09.005


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