Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan and Timothy M. Smeeding

in The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606061
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics


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This introductory article begins by discussing why economic inequality is of such profound interest, particularly in the light of recent changes in national and global economies. It goes on to consider the concept of economic inequality and the breadth of topics it encompasses. The distinctive nature of this field of research is discussed, followed by a description of a framework within which the various elements or aspects can be viewed and organized. The aim of the book and its intended audience are then set out in more detail. Finally, the structure of the book itself is outlined, to help the reader navigate through the very broad range of topics and issues covered and also to indicate what the book could not embrace.

Keywords: economic inequality; national economy; global economy

Article.  8957 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Public Economics

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