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The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income
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The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income

Stephen P. Jenkins, Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright, and Brian Nolan


This is a cross-national study of the impact of the Great Recession (GR) on the distribution of household incomes. Looking at real income levels, poverty rates, and income inequality, the book focuses on the period 2007–9, but also considers longer term impacts. Three contributions are made. First, the book reviews lessons from the past about the relationships between macroeconomic change and the household income distribution. Second, it considers the experience of 21 rich OECD member countries drawing on a mixture of national accounts, labour force, and household survey data. Third, the book ... More

Keywords: Great Recession, global financial crisis, income distribution, real incomes, income inequality, poverty, living standards, employment, households, OECD

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671021
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen P. Jenkins, editor
Professor of Economic and Social Policy, London School of Economics

Andrea Brandolini, editor
Economist, Economic Structure and Labour Market Division, Research Department, Bank of Italy

John Micklewright, editor
Professor of Economics and Social Statistics, Institute of Education, University of London


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