Inequality and Poverty Re-Examined

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The issues surrounding poverty and inequality continue to be of central concern to academics, politicians and policy makers but the way in which we seek to study and understand them continues to change over time. This accessible new book seeks to provide a guide to some of the new approaches that have been developed in the light of international initiatives to reduce poverty and the notable increases in income inequality and poverty that have occurred across many western countries in recent years. These new approaches have to some degree been facilitated by the emergence of new techniques and a growing availability of data that enables cross national comparisons not only of income variables but also of measures of welfare such as education achievement, nutritional status in developing countries and wealth and deprivation indicators in the developed world. Including specially commissioned research from a distinguished list of international authors, this volume makes a real contribution to the public debate surrounding inequality and poverty as well as providing new empirical information about them from around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199218110
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen P. Jenkins is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK, and Chairperson of the Council of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth. His current research focuses on income and labour market dynamics, and survival analysis. John Micklewright is a Professor in Social Statistics in the School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. He was previously Head of Research at UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, and Professor of Economics at the European University Institute and Queen Mary, University of London. His current research focuses on labour market flows, education, and charitable donations.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
List of Tables     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Notes on Contributors     xiv
New Directions in the Analysis of Inequality and Poverty   Stephen P. Jenkins   John Micklewright     3
Conceptual Issues
Inequality is Bad for the Poor   Martin Ravallion     37
Measurement of Income Distribution in Supranational Entities: The Case of the European Union   Andrea Brandolini     62
Beyond Conventional Measures of Income: Including Indirect Benefits and Taxes   Ann Harding   Neil Warren   Rachel Lloyd     84
Inequality within the Household Reconsidered   Peter Burton   Shelley Phipps   Frances Woolley     103
Multiple Dimensions
Inequality of Learning in Industrialized Countries   John Micklewright   Sylke V. Schnepf     129
On the Multidimensionality of Poverty and Social Exclusion   Brian Nolan   Christopher T. Whelan     146
Summarizing Multiple Deprivation Indicators   Lorenzo Cappellari   Stephen P. Jenkins     166
Robust Multidimensional Poverty Comparisons with Discrete Indicators of Well-being   Jean-Yves Duclos   David Sahn   StephenD. Younger     185
Public Policy
A Guaranteed Income for Europe's Children?   Horacio Levy   Christine Lietz   Holly Sutherland     209
The Impact of Minimum Wages on the Distribution of Earnings and Employment in the USA   Stephen Bazen     232
Training, Minimum Wages and the Distribution of Earnings   Alison L. Booth   Mark L. Bryan     250
Government Debt and the Portfolios of the Rich   Bernd Sussmuth   Robert K. von Weizsacker     268
Subject Index     285
Author Index     300

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