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Patterns of Economic Inequality in Western Democracies: Some Facts on Levels and Trends

  • Andrea Brandolini (a1) and Timothy M. Smeeding (a2)

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A large body of research has documented comparative levels of inequality among nations and also the substantial change in inequality across and within nations. Political scientists, sociologists, and economists have used these databases to make a number of claims about changes in inequality and their interrelations with economic and political life, patterns of redistribution, social institutions, and social and individual wellbeing more generally.

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