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Introduction

Rebecca M. Blank

in Changing Inequality

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520266926
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266926.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter examines the changing distribution of income per person for nonelderly persons between 1979 and 2007. It notes that changes in income distribution are influenced not just by changes in income sources but also by changes in the family choices made by men and women, such as deciding to marry or not and to have children or not. It discusses the significance of understanding inequality.

Keywords: income distribution; nonelderly persons; income sources; family choices; inequality

Chapter.  3669 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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