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Rebecca M. Blank

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266926

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266926.001.0001

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Changing Inequality in Total Income and Its Components

Changing Inequality in Total Income and Its Components

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Changing Inequality

Rebecca M. Blank

University of California Press

This chapter examines the distribution of total income among all nonelderly adults. It examines the shifts in the distribution of total income among single individuals and among persons living in married-couple families and single-headed families. It also explores the comparative changes in the three primary components of annual income. It discusses that the increase in inequality are accompanied by a substantial upward shift in most of the income distribution. It clarifies that incomes among those in the middle of the distribution have risen substantially and that the rising inequality around an increasing median leads to an income distribution in 2007 in which almost everyone has higher incomes than persons at equivalent points in the income distribution in 1979, except for the lowest income group. It argues that the rising inequality is typically viewed as less of a problem when it occurs in a context where most people are doing better.

Keywords:   total income, income distribution, single individuals, married-couple families, single-headed families, income group, 2007, primary components of annual income, nonelderly adults

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