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Abstract:

DARP Paper
Income Inequality Comparisons with Dirty Data: The UK and Spain during the 1980s
Frank A Cowell, Julie Litchfield and Magda Mercader-Prats June 1999
Paper No' DARP 045:
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Tags: lorenz dominance; data contamination; cross-country comparisons.

Inequality comparisons between countries and over time should take into account problems of data imperfection. We examine the contrasting experience of the UK and spain during the 1980s in terms of the distribution of disposable income. We consider whether the apparent divergence of inequality could be attributed to deficiencies in income data including under-reporting.