Please note this updated and revised Research Review is only available online. The link to Buy Book in Print and Find This Book in Your Library is to a previous edition available in print. The previous print edition reprints the full text of many, though not all, of the Recommended Articles and complements the online edition.
This review provides background to the current discussion on income inequality by explaining the historical development of the principles and questions of distributional analysis. Essential components of this background include measurement and description, explanations for the shape of the distributions of earnings and income, dynamics of income distribution, the upper tail as generated by hierarchies and organizations, determinants of individual incomes, the role of jobs and industries, non-market processes, non-labour incomes and factor shares, and policies.