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How Closely Do Top Income Shares Track Other Measures of Inequality?

Leigh, Andrew


In recent years, researchers have used taxation statistics to estimate the share of total income held by the richest groups, such as the top 10% or the top 1%. Compiling a standardised top income shares dataset for 13 developed countries, I find that there is a strong and significant relationship between top income shares and broader inequality measures, such as the Gini coefficient. This suggests that panel data on top income shares may be a useful substitute for other measures of inequality...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: The Economic Journal
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02099.x


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