Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries


This state-of-the-art volume presents comparative, empirical research on a topic that has long preoccupied scholars, politicians, and everyday citizens: economic inequality. While income and wealth inequality across all populations is the primary focus, the contributions to this book pay special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature.

Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters draw on microdata from the databases of LIS, an esteemed cross-national data center based in Luxembourg. Using LIS data to structure a comparative approach, the contributors paint a complex portrait of inequality across affluent countries at the beginning of the 21st century. The volume also trail-blazes new research into inequality in countries newly entering the LIS databases, including Japan, Iceland, India, and South Africa.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anthony B. Atkinson
  • Janet C. Gornick
  • Markus Jäntti
  • Arthur S. Alderson
  • Kevin Doran
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Stanford, CA
Publication year:
  • 2013