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Handbook of Income Distribution by Francois Bourguignon, Anthony B. Atkinson

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Chapter 11

The Global Distribution of Income

Sudhir Anand*,*; Paul Segal    * Department of Economics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UKDepartment of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA King's International Development Institute, King's College London, London, UK

Abstract

This chapter investigates recent advances in our understanding of the global distribution of income, and produces the first estimates of global inequality that take into account data on the incomes of the top one percent within countries. We discuss conceptual and methodological issues – including alternative definitions of the global distribution, the use of household surveys and national accounts data, the use of purchasing power ...

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