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Sticky income inequality in the Spanish transition (1973-1990)

Torregrosa Hetland, Sara LU (2014) In UB Economics Working Papers
Abstract
This paper investigates the evolution of income inequality in Spain during its transition to democracy, suggesting a method for the correction of under-reporting of earnings and profits in the Household Budget Surveys’ data. The contribution is twofold: the methodological proposal, based on income-expenditure discrepancy and scaling-up to National Accounts, improves on previous work, and can be convenient for similar historical sources in other countries. Secondly, its application results in an alternative history of the distribution of income in this case, changing the levels and also the observed trend. Previous literature asserted a substantial equalization, related to the democratization process, while after the adjustment inequality... (More)
This paper investigates the evolution of income inequality in Spain during its transition to democracy, suggesting a method for the correction of under-reporting of earnings and profits in the Household Budget Surveys’ data. The contribution is twofold: the methodological proposal, based on income-expenditure discrepancy and scaling-up to National Accounts, improves on previous work, and can be convenient for similar historical sources in other countries. Secondly, its application results in an alternative history of the distribution of income in this case, changing the levels and also the observed trend. Previous literature asserted a substantial equalization, related to the democratization process, while after the adjustment inequality in disposable income is shown to have been quite persistent. (Less)
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Working Paper
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Income inequality, Income under-reporting, Household surveys, Democratization, D31 , N34
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UB Economics Working Papers
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E14/3019
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38 pages
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University of Barcelona
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1136-8365
DOI
10.2139/ssrn.2540075
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English
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  abstract     = {This paper investigates the evolution of income inequality in Spain during its transition to democracy, suggesting a method for the correction of under-reporting of earnings and profits in the Household Budget Surveys’ data. The contribution is twofold: the methodological proposal, based on income-expenditure discrepancy and scaling-up to National Accounts, improves on previous work, and can be convenient for similar historical sources in other countries. Secondly, its application results in an alternative history of the distribution of income in this case, changing the levels and also the observed trend. Previous literature asserted a substantial equalization, related to the democratization process, while after the adjustment inequality in disposable income is shown to have been quite persistent.},
  author       = {Torregrosa Hetland, Sara},
  issn         = {1136-8365},
  keyword      = {Income inequality,Income under-reporting,Household surveys,Democratization,D31 ,N34},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  number       = {E14/3019 },
  pages        = {38},
  publisher    = {University of Barcelona},
  series       = {UB Economics Working Papers },
  title        = {Sticky income inequality in the Spanish transition (1973-1990)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2540075},
  year         = {2014},
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