Introduction: Longitudinal Perspectives on the Income Distribution

Stephen P. Jenkins

in Changing Fortunes

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199226436
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728457 | DOI:
Introduction: Longitudinal Perspectives on the Income Distribution

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This introductory chapter explains why longitudinal perspectives on income distribution are valuable to have. In addition to being relevant for assessing the degree of income inequality and poverty, information about income mobility and poverty dynamics improves understanding of the determinants of the income distribution and the formulation of policy. Five distinguishing features of the book are set out: the focus on household income, the attention given to data sources and measurement, the focus on Britain, and the study of both income mobility and poverty dynamics and their trends over time. Background information about changes in the state of Britain's economy and the tax-benefit system between the early 1990s and the mid-2000s is provided. Finally, the contents of each chapter in the book are outlined.

Keywords: income mobility; poverty dynamics; longitudinal data; Britain; inequality; poverty

Chapter.  8584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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