Trends in Inequality: Sources and Policy


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Project Details

TRISP develops structural household life-cycle models in macroeconomic environments to evaluate the effects of inequality in income, wealth, hours worked and consumption on welfare, and to quantitatively decompose the trends in inequality into their various sources. We then use these models to evaluate the impact of fiscal and monetary policies on inequality and to characterize welfare improving policies.

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Recent Publications

The Intergenerational Elasticity of Earnings: Exploring the Mechanisms

Uta Bolt, Eric French, Jamie Hentall MacCuish, Cormac O’Dea |

Should Germany have built a new wall? Macroeconomic lessons from the 2015-18 refugee wave

Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Busch, Dirk Krueger, Irina Popova, Zainab Iftikhar |

Long-term changes in married couples’ labor supply and taxes: Evidence from the US and Europe since the 1980s

Alexander Bick, Bettina Brüggemann, Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Hannah Paule-Paludkiewicz |

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Research Themes


Germany: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens,
Women and Youth, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Economics, State of Hessen Ministry of Economics.

France: OECD.

USA: International Monetary Fund, World Bank.

United Kingdom: Department of Work and Pensions

Netherlands: Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment