France - Income inequality and the gender gap - September 30, 2018

A column that combines data from different sources to construct distributional national accounts shows the limits of the myth of egalitarianism. When compared to the United States, where inequality has skyrocketed, the country can be considered an equalitarian country with a low level of inequality. The gender pay gap declined in recent decades, albeit fairly slow among top labour incomes (for example, the female share among top 0.1% earners was only 12% in 2012, compared with 7% in 1994 and 5% in 1970). But in-depth analysis leads to higher inequality levels than the usual tax-based series for the recent decades, because the latter miss a rising part of capital income.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI


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