Decomposition of changes in the EU income distribution in 2007-2011

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EUROMOD Working Paper Series

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Alari Paulus and Iva Valentinova Tasseva

Publication date

10 May 2017


We summarise and decompose changes in the household disposable income distribution in 2007-2011 across 27 EU countries to study the impact of the Great Recession on household incomes and the key factors contributing to it. Using microsimulation techniques and applying the EU tax-benefit model EUROMOD in combination with EUSILC household micro-data, we separate direct (first-order) effects of tax-benefit policy on the income distribution from the effects of changes in household market incomes and characteristics. There is substantial variation in income dynamics between and within countries. We find that in most countries, changes in market income and population characteristics had a poverty- and inequality-increasing effect, while policies were more often poverty- and inequality-reducing. However, there is no clear country-level correlation between the two effects in this period.


Economics, Poverty, Welfare Benefits, Income Dynamics, Household Economics, Microsimulation and Taxation

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