Handbook of Income Distribution. Vol 2B

Handbook of Income Distribution. Vol 2B

1st Edition - December 18, 2014

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  • Editors: Anthony Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444594297

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What new theories, evidence, explanations, and policies have shaped our studies of income distribution in the 21st century? Editors Tony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon assemble the expertise of leading authorities in this survey of substantive issues. In two volumes they address subjects that were not covered in Volume 1 (2000), such as education, health and experimental economics; and subjects that were covered but where there have been substantial new developments, such as the historical study of income inequality and globalization. Some chapters discuss future growth areas, such as inheritance, the links between inequality and macro-economics and finance, and the distributional implications of climate change. They also update empirical advances and major changes in the policy environment.

Key Features

  • The volumes define and organize key areas of income distribution studies
  • Contributors focus on identifying newly developing questions and opportunities for future research
  • The authoritative articles emphasize the ways that income mobility and inequality studies have recently gained greater political significance


Graduate students and researchers worldwide working in all areas of economics, and in particular economic policy, macroeconomics, education, and labor economics

Table of Contents

  • Part III Explanations

    14. Inequality in macro-economics.   Jose-Victor Rios-Rull and Vincenzo Quadrini

    15. Wealth and inheritance.   Thomas Piketty

    16. Intra-Household inequality.  Pierre-André Chiappori and Costas Meghir

    17. Health and inequality.   Owen O'Donnell, Eddy van Doorslaer and Tom Van Ourti

    18. Labour-market institutions and the dispersion of wage earnings.   Wiemer Salverda and Daniele Checchi

    19. Cross-country studies of the multiple causes of inequality in the OECD area.   Michael F. Förster and Istvan György Toth

    20. Globalization and inequality.  Ravi Kanbur


    Part IV: Policies

    21. Democracy, political institutions and inequality.   James Robinson and Daron Acemoglu

    22. Equitable development policies.   Martin Ravallion

    23. The welfare state and anti-poverty policy in rich countries.   Brian Nolan, Ive Marx and Javier Olivera

    24. Micro-simulation and policy analysis.   Holly Sutherland, Alari Paulus and Francesco Figari 

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1078
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2014
  • Published: December 18, 2014
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444594297

About the Editors

Anthony Atkinson

Sir Tony Atkinson is Professor of Economics at Oxford University and Fellow of Nuffield College, where he was Warden from 1994 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, and of the International Economic Association. He was knighted in 2001 for services to economics and is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Francois Bourguignon

Francois Bourguignon is Director of the Paris School of Economics and Professor of Economics at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales. Among his many distinctions is the Chevalier de L'Ordre Nationale de la Legion de l"Honneur.

Affiliations and Expertise

Paris School of Economics, Paris, France

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