Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199231379
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wiemer Salverda initiated the LoWER network in 1995 to bring together Europe's leading scholars on low pay and earnings inequality. With the help of the European Community's research funding, the network has been a prolific organizer of meetings and a fertile producer of publications. Moving from the University of Groningen's Economics Faculty he joined the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies of the University of Amsterdam in 2000, where he helped build an extensive portfolio of international research and research cooperation. He provides expert advice on low pay, wage inequality, the minimum wage, youth labour, older workers, employment policy, and labour market reform to the EU, OECD, ILO and the British Low Pay Commission. He chairs the Supervisory Board of the international WageIndicator which offers internet surveying of pay in many countries.

Brian Nolan is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Applied Social Science, UCD, Dublin. His research focuses on poverty, income inequality, the economics of social policy, and health economics, and recent publications include studies on social inclusion in the EU, equity in health service use, long-term trends in top incomes, child poverty, deprivation and multiple disadvantage, tax/welfare reform, and the minimum wage.

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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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Wiemer Salverda Salverda, Wiemer Brian Nolan Nolan, Brian Timothy M. Smeeding Smeeding, Timothy M. 3

2 Equality: Its Justification, Nature, and Domain John E. Roemer Roemer, John E. 23

3 The Measurement of Economic Inequality Stephen P. Jenkins Jenkins, Stephen P. Philippe Van Kerm Van Kerm, Philippe 40

4 Income Inequality in Richer and OECD Countries Andrea Brandolini Brandolini, Andrea Timothy M. Smeeding Smeeding, Timothy M. 71

5 Functional Distribution and Inequality Andrew Glyn Glyn, Andrew 101

6 Wealth and Economic Inequality James B. Davies Davies, James B. 127

7 Top Incomes Andrew Leigh Leigh, Andrew 150

8 Inequality and Earnings Distribution Francine D. Blau Blau, Francine D. Lawrence M. Kahn Kahn, Lawrence M. 177

9 Inequality and the Labor Market: Employers Julia Lane Lane, Julia 204

10 Inequality and the Labor Market: Unions Jelle Visser Visser, Jelle Daniele Checchi Checchi, Daniele 230

11 Low Pay Claudio Lucifora Lucifora, Claudio Wiemer Salverda Salverda, Wiemer 257

12 Gender and Economic Inequality Mary Gregory Gregory, Mary 284

13 Economic Inequality, Poverty, and Social Exclusion Brian Nolan Nolan, Brian Ive Marx Marx, Ive 315

14 Inequality and Time Use in the Household Nancy Folbre Folbre, Nancy 342

15 Inequality and Happiness Bernard Van Praag Van Praag, Bernard Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada 364

16 Health and Economic Inequality Andrew Leigh Leigh, Andrew Christopher Jencks Jencks, Christopher Timothy M. Smeeding Smeeding, Timothy M. 384

17 Education and Inequality Stephen Machin Machin, Stephen 406

18 Demographic Transformation and Economic Inequality Gary Burtless Burtless, Gary 435

19International Migration, Ethnicity, and Economic Inequality Martin Kahanec Kahanec, Martin Klaus F. Zimmermann Zimmermann, Klaus F. 455

20 Intergenerational Income Mobility and the Role of Family Background Anders Bjorklund Bjorklund, Anders Markus Jantti Jantti, Markus 491

21 Intragenerational Inequality and Intertemporal Mobility Richard V. Burkhauser Burkhauser, Richard V. Kenneth A. Couch Couch, Kenneth A. 522

22 Inequality and Economic Growth Sarah Voitchovsky Voitchovsky, Sarah 549

23 Globalization and Inequality Richard B. Freeman Freeman, Richard B. 575

24 Poverty and Inequality: The Global Context Francisco H. G. Ferreira Ferreira, Francisco H. G. Martin Ravallion Ravallion, Martin 599

25 Economic Inequality and the Welfare State Gosta Esping-Andersen Esping-Andersen, Gosta John Myles Myles, John 639

26 The Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution Nolan McCarty McCarty, Nolan Jonas Pontusson Pontusson, Jonas 665

27 Prospects for Achieving Equality in Market Economies John E. Roemer Roemer, John E. 693

Index 709

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