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Income inequality and poverty

Author: Martin S Feldstein; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©1998.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 6770.
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Abstract: The first part of this paper argues that income inequality is not a problem in need of remedy. The common practice of interpreting a rise in the gini coefficient measure of inequality as a bad thing violates the Pareto principle and is equivalent to using a social welfare function that puts negative weight on increases in the income of high income individuals. The real distributional problem is not  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin S Feldstein; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 70108020
Notes: "October 1998."
"This paper is based on remarks made in the concluding panel of the 1998 Kansas City Federal Reserve international conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming."
Description: 1 online resource (12 pages).
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 6770.
Responsibility: Martin Feldstein.

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Abstract: The first part of this paper argues that income inequality is not a problem in need of remedy. The common practice of interpreting a rise in the gini coefficient measure of inequality as a bad thing violates the Pareto principle and is equivalent to using a social welfare function that puts negative weight on increases in the income of high income individuals. The real distributional problem is not inequality but poverty. The paper considers three sources of poverty and asks what if anything might be done about each of them: unemployment; a low level of earning capacity; and individual choice.

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