The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality presents a new and challenging analysis of economic inequality, focusing primarily on economic inequality in highly developed countries. Bringing together the world's top scholars this comprehensive and authoritative volume contains an impressive array of original research on topics ranging from gender to happiness, from poverty to top incomes, and from employers to the welfare state. The authors give their view on the state-of-the-art of scientific research in their fields of expertise and add their own stimulating visions on future research. Ideal as an overview of the latest, cutting-edge research on economic inequality, this is a must have reference for students and researchers alike.
Part 1 Inequality: Overview, Concepts and Measurement 1: Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan and Timothy M. Smeeding: Introduction: The scope and worries of economic inequality 2: John E. Roemer: Concepts and theories of inequality 3: Stephen Jenkins and Philippe van Kerm: The measurement of economic inequality Part 2 The Extent of Inequality 4: Andrea Brandolini and Timothy M. Smeeding: Income inequality 5: Andrew Glyn: Functional and personal distribution 6: James B. Davies: Wealth and economic inequality 7: Andrew Leigh: High incomes and inequality Part 3 Earnings inequality 8: Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn: Inequality and earnings distribution 9: Julia Lane: Inequality and the labour market: employers 10: Jelle Visser and Daniele Checchi: Inequality and the labour market: unions 11: Claudio Lucifora and Wiemer Salverda: Low pay 12: Mary B. Gregory: Gender and economic inequality Part 4 Dimensions of inequality 13: Brian Nolan and Ive Marx: Inequality, poverty and exclusion 14: Nancy Folbre: Inequality, consumption and time use 15: Bernard van Praag and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell: Inequality and happiness 16: Andrew Leigh, Christopher Jencks and Timothy M. Smeeding: Health and economic inequalities 17: Stephen Machin: Inequality and education Part 5 The Dynamics of Inequality 18: Gary Burtless: Demographic transformation and economic inequality 19: Klaus F. Zimmermann and Martin Kahanec: International migration, ethnicity and economic inequality 20: Anders Bjorklund and Markus Jantti: Intergenerational economic inequality 21: Richard V. Burkhauser and Kenneth A. Couch: Intragenerational inequality and intertemporal mobility Part 6 Global perspectives on inequality 22: Sarah Voitchovsky: Inequality, growth and sectoral change 23: Richard B. Freeman: Trade, skills and globalization 24: Francisco H.G. Ferreira and Martin Ravallion: Poverty and Inequality: The Global Context Part 7 Can inequalities be changed? 25: Gosta Esping-Andersen and John Myles: Economic inequality and the welfare state 26: Nolan McCarty and Jonas Pontusson: Inequality and policy making 27: John E. Roemer: Prospects for achieving equality in market economies
Wiemer Salverda initiated the LoWER network in 1995 to bring together Europe's leading scholars on low pay and earnings inequality. With the help of the European Community's research funding, the network has been a prolific organizer of meetings and a fertile producer of publications. Moving from the University of Groningen's Economics Faculty he joined the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies of the University of Amsterdam in 2000, where he helped build an extensive portfolio of international research and research cooperation. He provides expert advice on low pay, wage inequality, the minimum wage, youth labour, older workers, employment policy, and labour market reform to the EU, OECD, ILO and the British Low Pay Commission. He chairs the Supervisory Board of the international WageIndicator which offers internet surveying of pay in many countries. Brian Nolan is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Applied Social Science, UCD, Dublin. His research focuses on poverty, income inequality, the economics of social policy, and health economics, and recent publications include studies on social inclusion in the EU, equity in health service use, long-term trends in top incomes, child poverty, deprivation and multiple disadvantage, tax/welfare reform, and the minimum wage. Timothy M. Smeeding is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University where he is also the founding director of the Center for Policy Research. He the Founder and Director Emeritus of the Luxembourg Income Study Project , which he began in 1983. His primary research focuses on national and cross-national comparisons of income and wealth inequality, social mobility, and poverty among vulnerable groups, including low-wage workers, children, the aged, and the disabled. He is spending the 2007-2008 academic year as a Visiting Fellow in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York where he is examining cross-national paterns of economic mobility.
Reviews for The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality
The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality assembles a star-studded cast and, with an Editors' Introduction, 26 distinct chapters, and over 700 pages of text, it delivers a massive compilation. The objective is to provide an overview and evaluation of the current state of international research on economic inequality and to add new insights and open up novel perspectives for further research. And it succeeds. Lars Osberg, Review of Income and Wealth