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The Distribution of Household Income in OECD Countries: What Are its Main Features?

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Income inequality has increased moderately but significantly over the past two decades, although with differences in the timing, intensity and even direction of these changes across countries. The wide cross‐country differences in the overall shape of the income distribution at a point in time imply similarly large differences in income levels for people at similar points of the distribution ‐ with some of the OECD countries topping the OECD league at one end of the distribution falling further behind when considering the other end.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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