The Geography of Average Income and Inequality: Spatial Evidence from Austria

Moser, Mathias and Schnetzer, Matthias (2014) The Geography of Average Income and Inequality: Spatial Evidence from Austria. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 191. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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This paper investigates the nexus between regional income levels and inequality. We present a novel small-scale inequality database for Austrian municipalities to address this question. Our dataset combines individual tax data of Austrian wage tax payer on regionally disaggregated scale with census and geographical information. This setting allows us to investigate regional spillover effects of average income and various measures of income inequality. Using this data set we find distinct regional clusters of both high average wages and high earnings inequality in Austria. Furthermore we use spatial econometric regressions to quantify the effects between income levels and a number of inequality measures such as the Gini and 90/10 quantile ratios. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Regional inequality / spatial dependence / spatial autoregressive model / Österreich / Regionalwirtschaft / Einkommensentwicklung / Ungleichheit / Einkommensunterschied / Konzentrationsmaß
Classification Codes: RVK QX 200 ; JEL C21, D31, J31
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 08:55
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41


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