Consumption, income, and wealth inequality in Canada

Brozozowski, Matthew, Gervais, Martin, Klein, Paul and Suzuki, Micho (2009) Consumption, income, and wealth inequality in Canada. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 53pp. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 0904).


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In this paper we document some features of the distribution of income, consumption and wealth in Canada using survey data from many different sources. We find that wage and income inequality have increased substantially over the last 30 years, but that much of this rise was offset by the tax and transfer system. As a result, the rise in consumption inequality has been relatively mild. We also document that wealth inequality has remained fairly stable since 1999. Using both confidential data and publicly available data, we are able to gauge the extent to which the publicly available data conceals aspects of inequality that confidential data reveals

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: JEL Classification: D12, D31
ISSNs: 0966-4246 (print)
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Keywords: income inequality, consumption inequality, wealth inequality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 71042
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2009Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:01

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