Studies of wage and income inequality among U.S. citizens over the past thirty years have engendered the common wisdom that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. But is it really that simple? In Inequality in Living Standards since 1980 the authors contend that the evolution of income and wage inequalities offers only a partial picture of changes in prosperity in recent decades.
Orazio Attanasio is a professor of economics at University College London and a research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. Erich Battistin in an associate professor of econometrics at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Padova and a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies in Trento. Mario Padula is an associate professor of econometrics at the University Ca'Foscari in Venice and a research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance at the University of Naples.
Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Foreword Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Consumption Inequality versus Wage and Income Inequality Chapter 6 Measurement Issues Chapter 7 Recent Trends on Wages and Household Income Inequality Chapter 8 Expenditure and Consumption Chapter 9 Income and Expenditure Poverty Chapter 10 Relating Consumption and Income Inequality Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Apendix 1: Conbining Consumption Information from the Survey Components of the CEX Chapter 13 Apendix 2: Estimating Services from Cars Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 References Chapter 16 About the Authors