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Family Composition and Income Inequality

T. Paul Schultz
Population and Development Review
Vol. 8, Supplement: Income Distribution and the Family (1982), pp. 137-150
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2808110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2808110
Page Count: 14
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Family Composition and Income Inequality
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Abstract

Modern economic growth contributes to changes in vital rates and social organization that modify the composition and size distribution of families. If these demographic features of the population account for patterns and trends in overall income inequality, but do not equally reflect on the equity of the distribution of economic resources, a decomposition of inequality according to these demographic features may clarify the origins and welfare implications of widely observed patterns and trends in inequality. This paper proposes an approach to decomposing income inequality by the composition and size of families.

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