What Drives Inequality? Vol: 27

Koen Decancq
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Philippe Van Kerm
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, and Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg

Product Details
16 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
208 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research on Economic Inequality


There is a great deal of coverage on inequality, and the key determinants of recent trends are increasingly well-documented. However, much less is known about the driving forces behind international differences in inequality.

The nine contributions collected in this book set out to examine the fundamental question of What Drives Inequality? These drivers may be so diverse and deep-rooted in the cultural, historical, or geographical characteristics of countries that one can hardly expect comprehensive models or clear-cut causal inference. Nevertheless, the research presented in this book unpacks the reasons behind the wide variations in inequality.

Looking across country boundaries, chapters featured include in-depth insights into inequality in Europe, India, and the United States. It provides new results on the impact of public goods and services and on the role of demographic, labor market and, most importantly, fiscal policy determinants. It also brings fresh evidence and perspectives on the measurement of inequality, by examining wealth or broader measures of well-being, and provides some insights about potential "deeper drivers" such as individual perceptions, preferences, and beliefs about inequality and redistribution.
1. Regional Income Distribution in the European Union: A Parametric Approach; Tsvetana Spasova 
2. Vertical and Horizontal Redistribution: Evidence from Europe; Maurizio Bussolo, Carla Krolage, Mattia Makovec, Andreas Peichl, Marc Stöckli, Iván Torre, and Christian Wittneben 
3. Sources of German Income Inequality across Time and Space; Franziska Deutschmann 
4. Understanding Differences in Household Expenditure Inequality between India and Indonesia; Arip Muttaqien, Denisa Sologon, and Cathal O'Donoghue
5. Accounting for public services in distributive analysis; Gerlinde Verbist and Michael Förster 
6. Income and Wealth above the Median: New Measurements and Results for Europe and the United States; Lous Chauvel, Anne Hartung, Eyal Bar-Haim, and Philippe van Kerm 
7. Decomposing the difference between multidimensional well-being inequality and income inequality: method and application; Marko Ledić and Ivica Rubil 
8. Never Too Rich to be Middle-Class: an Assessment of the Reference-Group Theory and Implications for Redistributive Taxation; Antoine Genest-Grégoire, Jean-Herman Guay, and Luc Goodbout 
9. Beliefs about the role of effort and luck during the Great Recession in Spain; Begoña Cabeza and Koen Decancq
Koen Decancq is Associate Research Professor at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp. His research interests are the measurement of (multidimensional) inequality, poverty and well-being with a special focus on the incorporation of individual preferences and the role of social policies. 
Philippe van Kerm is Professor of Social Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Luxembourg on a joint appointment with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research. His research interests are in applied micro-econometrics, welfare and labour with particular reference to poverty and income distribution dynamics, wealth inequality, social mobility, wage, tax, social protection, and social policy.

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