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Economic Brief

November 2008, No. 08-02

What Income Inequality Measures Can (and Cannot) Tell Us

Leonardo Martinez and Stephen Slivinski

In recent decades, income inequality has increased. But this doesn’t mean that those with lower incomes are relatively worse off.

Additional Resources

Bryan, Kevin A., and Leonardo Martinez. “On the Evolution of Income Inequality in the United States.” Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Quarterly 94, no. 2 (Spring 2008): 97-120.

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