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Wim Naudé, James C. MacGee - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

Wim Naudé and James C. MacGee Globally, wealth is very unequally distributed, both within countries and between countries. The UNU-WIDER project on Personal Assets from a Global Perspective has found for instance that the richest 10 percent of adults in the world own 85...

Shi Li, Renwei Zhao - Oxford University Press, 2008 - Oxford, UK
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James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony F. Shorrocks, Edward N. Wolff - UNU-WIDER, 2008 - Helsinki, Finland

There has been much recent research on the world distribution of income, but also growing recognition of the importance of other contributions to well-being, including those of household wealth. Wealth is important in providing security and opportunity, particularly in poorer countries that lack...

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James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony F. Shorrocks, Edward N. Wolff - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

We provide the first estimate of the level and distribution of global household wealth. Mean assets and debts within countries are measured, partly or wholly, for 38 countries using household balance sheet and survey data centred on the year 2000. Determinants of mean financial assets, non-...

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John Muellbauer - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

Housing is the single most important component of personal wealth in most countries. The special characteristics of housing markets are therefore key to understanding personal portfolios, saving, the household distribution of wealth, and the monetary transmission mechanism. This paper discusses how...

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– Evidence on the Level and Distribution across Selected Countries
Markus Jäntti, Eva Sierminska - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper discusses issues that arise in the comparison of estimates of wealth holdings and their distribution in light of data for selected OECD countries. We find large differences in the level of wealth, depending on whether the mean or median levels are compared across countries. Sensitivity...

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Shi Li, Renwei Zhao - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper investigates some major changes in the wealth distribution in China using the data from two national household surveys conducted in 1995 and 2002. The surveys collected rich information on household wealth and its components, enabling a detailed analysis of changes in wealth...

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Ruslan Yemtsov - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

All countries in transition experienced increases in inequality. They have also undertaken massive privatization of key asset housing, often on give-away terms. Are these two phenomena related? Has transfer of ownership rights to residents slowed down the inequality increases or it pushed it up?...

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Anthony Barnes Atkinson - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

The aim of this paper is to examine the concentration of wealth among the group of top wealth holders, defined as those with wealth in excess of a high cut off. The paper begins by considering the definition of this cut off, analogous to the definition of a poverty line at the other end of the...

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James C. MacGee - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

Does the existence of formal title to land and real estate matter for the distribution of wealth? This paper reviews the empirical literature on the economic impact of land and real estate administration systems across countries. This paper argues that a functioning credit market for secured credit...

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– Evidence from Rural Ethiopia
Christian Rogg - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper considers asset holdings in rural Ethiopia. It shows that households own mostly non-financial assets and that the composition of asset portfolios varies significantly with the household’s overall wealth and its exposure to uncertainty. As regards the distribution of assets,...

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– Using an index of consumer durables to investigate wealth accumulation by households in Ghana
Ronelle Burger, Frikkie Booysen, Servaas van der Berg, Michael von Maltitz - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

The study uses an asset index of consumer durables to track changes in household wealth in Ghana during the recent period of strong growth. Using the Ghana Living Standards Survey of 1998 that contains both wealth data and consumer durable data, the authors demonstrate that the asset index...

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Juliano Assunção - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

Land and wealth are closely related in rural Brazil, a country characterized by high levels of inequality in terms of income or landholdings. After presenting a historical retrospective of land concentration and land reform in Brazil, this study evaluates the impact of the land reform programme...

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– Output, Assets and Employment
Sangeeta Pratap, Erwan Quintin - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

This study documents four key facts about informal economic activities: (1) the size of the informal sector varies greatly across nations; (2) this size is strongly correlated with economic development, the tax burden, and the rule of law; (3) the informal sector emphasizes small-scale, self-...

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Sergei Guriev, Andrei Rachinsky - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

This study discusses the evolution of personal wealth in transition economies. While data availability is still a problem, the available indirect evidence suggests privatization has resulted in an increase in personal wealth but also in personal wealth inequality, especially in the countries that...

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Sreenivasan Subramanian, D. Jayaraj - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews the principal source of India’s wealth distribution statistics, which is constituted by the five decennial Reserve Bank of India National Sample Survey Organization Surveys on Debt and Investment of 1961-62, 1971-72, 1981-82, 1991-92, and 2002-03. The data available are...

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