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[Photo: Frank Cowell] Professor Frank COWELL
Director PEP and CASE Associate; Professor, Department of Economics

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Research Interests: Current Research Projects:
  • Luxembourg Income Study, Phase 3
  • Living Standards, Inequality and Taxation
  • Parents and Children: Intergenerational Income Mobility in the UK and USA
  • Attitudes to Social Equity: an Internet Approach
Selected Publications:
  • 'Measurement of Inequality'in A.B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon (eds.), Handbook of Income Distribution, North Holland, Amsterdam, 2000

  • 'Thinking about Inequality'with Y. Amiel. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999

  • 'Welfare Rankings in the Presence of Contaminated Data'with M-P. Victoria-Feser in Econometrica, forthcoming

  • 'Economic Inequality and Income Distribution'with D.G. Champernowne. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998

STICERD/CASE Publications:
  • Inequality Measurement and the Rich: Why inequality increased more than we thought
    Frank A Cowell, Emmanuel Flachaire, June 2018
    Paper No' PEP 36: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inheritance Taxation: Redistribution and Predistribution
    Frank A Cowell, Chang He, Dirk Van de gaer, December 2017
    Paper No' PEP 35: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Condorcet was Wrong, Pareto was Right: Families, Inheritance and Inequality
    Frank Cowell, Dirk Van de gaer, December 2017
    Paper No' PEP 34: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Welfare and Inequality Comparisons for Uni- and Multi-dimensional Distributions of Ordinal Data
    Frank A Cowell, Martyna Kobus, Radoslaw Kurek, January 2017
    Paper No' PEP 31: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • European identity and redistributive preferences
    Joan  Costa Font, Frank Cowell, July 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1362: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • European Identity and Redistributive Preferences
    Joan Costa-Font, Frank A Cowell, June 2015
    Paper No' PEP 24: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Piketty in the long run
    Frank A Cowell, February 2015
    Paper No' CASE/185: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Wealth distribution, accumulation and policy
    Francesca Bastagli, Frank A Cowell, Howard Glennerster, John Hills, Eleni Karagiannaki, Abigail McKnight, May 2013
    Paper No' CASEbrief 33: Full paper (pdf)

  • Mobility in China
    Yi Chen, Frank A Cowell, April 2013
    Paper No' PEP 18: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Do We Value Mobility?
    Yoram Amiel, Michele Bernasconi, Michele Bernasconi, Frank A Cowell, Valentino Dardanoni, Valentino Dardanoni, April 2013
    Paper No' PEP 17: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Accounting for cross-country differences in wealth inequality
    Frank A Cowell, Eleni Karagiannaki, Abigail McKnight, March 2013
    Paper No' CASE/168: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Mapping and measuring the distribution of household wealth: A cross-country analysis
    Frank A Cowell, Eleni Karagiannaki, Abigail McKnight, November 2012
    Paper No' CASE/165: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inequality among the Wealthy
    Frank A Cowell, June 2011
    Paper No' CASE/150: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Measuring Mobility
    Frank A Cowell, Emmanuel Flachaire, April 2011
    Paper No' PEP 09: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Tax Compliance by Firms and Audit Policy
    Ralph Bayer, Frank A Cowell, September 2010
    Paper No' DARP 102: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Tyranny Puzzle in Welfare Economics: An empirical investigation
    Frank A Cowell, Marc Fleurbaey, Bertil Tungodden, May 2010
    Paper No' PEP 05: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Goodness-of-Fit: An Economic Approach
    Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Frank A Cowell, Emmanuel Flachaire, April 2009
    Paper No' DARP 101: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inequality Decomposition - A Reconciliation
    Frank A Cowell, Carlo V. Fiorio, April 2009
    Paper No' DARP 100: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Class of Absolute Decomposable Inequality Measures
    Kristof Bosmans, Frank A Cowell, February 2009
    Paper No' DARP 099: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Income Distribution and Inequality
    Frank A Cowell, October 2007
    Paper No' DARP 094: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Distributional Orderings: An Approach with Seven Flavours
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, Wulf Gaertner, October 2007
    Paper No' DARP 093: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Modelling Lorenz Curves: robust and semi-parametric issues
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, March 2007
    Paper No' DARP 091: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • On the Measurement of Polarisation: A questionnaire study
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, Xavier Ramos, March 2007
    Paper No' DARP 090: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Modelling Vulnerability in the UK
    Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Frank A Cowell, February 2007
    Paper No' DARP 089: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inequality and Envy
    Frank A Cowell, Udo Ebert, December 2006
    Paper No' DARP 088: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inequality: Measurement
    Frank A Cowell, August 2006
    Paper No' DARP 086: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • To Be or not To Be Involved: A Questionnaire-Experimental View on Harsanyi’s Utilitarian Ethics
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, Wulf Gaertner, June 2006
    Paper No' DARP 085: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Rethinking Inequality Decomposition: Comment
    Frank A Cowell, Carlo V. Fiorio, June 2006
    Paper No' DARP 082: Full paper (pdf)

  • Gini, Deprivation and Complaints
    Frank A Cowell, February 2006
    Paper No' DARP 084: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Tax Compliance and Firms’ Strategic Interdependence
    Ralph Bayer, Frank A Cowell, February 2006
    Paper No' DARP 081: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Vulnerable Households and Variable Incomes (published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 13 (2006), pp. 3-30)
    Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Frank A Cowell, February 2006
    Paper No' DARP 079: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Static and Dynamic Poverty in Spain, 1993-2000,(published in Hacienda Pública, no 179 (2007), pp. 51-77)
    Elena Bárcena Martín, Frank A Cowell, January 2006
    Paper No' DARP 077: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Perceptions of Risk: an Experimental Approach using Internet Questionnaires, (published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 12 (2004), pp. 99-132).
    Frank A Cowell, Guillermo Cruces, May 2003
    Paper No' DARP 070: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Theil, Inequality and the Structure of Income Distribution,(published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 13 (2006), pp. 345-360).
    Frank A Cowell, May 2003
    Paper No' DARP 067: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Sticks and Carrots, (published in The Crisis in Tax Administration, Aaron, H. J. and Slemrod, J. (eds.) The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, (2004) 230-275).
    Frank A Cowell, March 2003
    Paper No' DARP 068: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Preference Reversals and the Analysis of Income Distributions
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, Leima Davidovitz, Avraham  Polovin, March 2003
    Paper No' DARP 066: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Intergenerational Mobility in Britain: Revisiting the Prediction Approach of Dearden, Machin and Reed
    Ramses H. Abul Naga, Frank A Cowell, September 2002
    Paper No' DARP 062: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Complaints and Inequality, (published in Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 23, (2004), pp. 71-89.
    Frank A Cowell, Udo Ebert, March 2002
    Paper No' DARP 061: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Sensitivity of Inequality Measures to Extreme Values, (published in Journal of Econometrics, vol. 141, (2007), pp. 1044-1072).
    Frank A Cowell, Emmanuel Flachaire, March 2002
    Paper No' DARP 060: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Distributional Dominance with Dirty Data, (published in Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, vol. 24 (2006), pp. 291-300)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, August 2001
    Paper No' DARP 051: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Risk and Inequality Perceptions
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, July 2001
    Paper No' DARP 055: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Attitudes towards Risk and Inequality: A Questionnaire-Experimental Approach, (published in Experimental Economics: Financial Markets, Auctions, and Decision Making, Andersson, F. and Holm, H. J. (ed.), Kluwer, Dewenter (2002) Chapter 9, 85-115)
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, June 2001
    Paper No' DARP 056: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Robust Lorenz Curves: A Semiparametric Approach, (published in Journal of Economic Inequality, vol. 5 (2007), pp. 21-37)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, May 2001
    Paper No' DARP 050: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Estimating Welfare Indices: Household Weights and Sample Design, (published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 9 (2002), pp. 147-172).
    Frank A Cowell, Stephen P Jenkins, June 2000
    Paper No' DARP 048: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Statistical Inference for Welfare under Complete and Incomplete Information, (published in Journal of Economic Inequality, vol. 1 (2003), pp. 191-219)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, December 1999
    Paper No' DARP 047: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Income Inequality Comparisons with Dirty Data: The UK and Spain during the 1980s
    Frank A Cowell, Julie Litchfield, Magda Mercader-Prats, June 1999
    Paper No' DARP 045: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Measuring Income Mobility with Dirty Data (published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 22(3), May 1999)
    Frank A Cowell, Christian Schluter, November 1998
    Paper No' CASE 016: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Income Mobility: A Robust Approach
    Frank A Cowell, Christian Schluter, July 1998
    Paper No' DARP 037: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Measurement of Inequality (published in Handbook of Income Distribution, A B Atkinson and F Bourguignon (eds), 2000)
    Frank A Cowell, July 1998
    Paper No' DARP 036: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Statistical Inference for Lorenz Curves with Censored Data
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, June 1998
    Paper No' DARP 035: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inheritance and the Distribution of Wealth
    Frank A Cowell, May 1998
    Paper No' DARP 034: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Inequality, Welfare and Monotonicity
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, April 1997
    Paper No' DARP 029: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Equivalence of Scales and Inequality (published in Income Inequality Measurement: From Theory to Practice, J Silber (ed), Dewenter: Kluwer (1999)
    Frank A Cowell, Magda Mercader-Prats, April 1997
    Paper No' DARP 027: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Income Transformation and Income Inequality (published in Advances in Econometrics, Income Distribution & Scientific Methodology: Essays in Honour of Camilo Dagum, Daniel Slottje (ed)(Physica Verlag, 1999, pp.209-232)
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, January 1997
    Paper No' DARP 024: Read Abstract

  • Estimation of Inequality Indices, (published in Income Inequality Measurement:From Theory to Practice, J Silber (ed), Dewenter: Kluwer 1999)
    Frank A Cowell, October 1996
    Paper No' DARP 025: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Income Distribution in Brazil 1981-1990: Parametric and Non-Parametric Approaches
    Frank A Cowell, Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Julie Litchfield, March 1996
    Paper No' DARP 021: Read Abstract

  • Family Instability, Family Incomes and Inequality
    Frank A Cowell, March 1996
    Paper No' DARP 012: Read Abstract

  • Distributional Orderings and the Transfer Principle: A Re-Examination (Now published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol.8 (1998), pp.195-215)
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, January 1996
    Paper No' DARP 014: Read Abstract

  • Welfare Judgements in the Presence Contaminated Data, (published in Econometrica, vol. 70 (2002), pp. 1221-1233)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, January 1996
    Paper No' DARP 013: Read Abstract

  • The Measurement of Poverty: An Experimental Questionnaire Investigation (published in Empirical Economics, vol.22 (1997), pp.571-588)
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, July 1994
    Paper No' DARP 005: Read Abstract

  • Robustness properties of poverty indices, (Now published in European Economic Review, vol. 40 (1996), pp. 1761-1771)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, May 1994
    Paper No' DARP 008: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • How much inequality can we explain? A methodology and an application to the USA (Now published in The Economic Journal, vol.105, no.429 (March 1995), pp. 421-430)
    Frank A Cowell, Stephen P Jenkins, May 1994
    Paper No' DARP 007: Read Abstract

  • Monotonicity and the Pareto Principle (Now published in Economics Letters 45 (1994), pp.447-450)
    Yoram Amiel, Frank A Cowell, October 1993
    Paper No' DARP 006: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Robustness Properties of Inequality Measures: The Influence Function and the Principle of Transfers (Revised version in Econometrica, 64 (1996), pp.77-101)
    Frank A Cowell, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser, October 1993
    Paper No' DARP 001: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey
    Joan  Costa Font, Frank A Cowell,
    Paper No' PEP 15: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)