THE LONG RUN EARNINGS DISTRIBUTION IN FIVE COUNTRIES: “REMARKABLE STABILITY,” U, V OR W?

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  • Note: Second Ruggles Lecture, presented to the 29th General Conference of the IARIW at Joensuu, Finland, August 2006. I am most appreciative of Tim Smeeding's invitation to give this Lecture in memory of Nancy and Richard Ruggles. In revising the Lecture, I have benefited from the comments made in the discussion, and at a seminar at the Paris School of Economics. I am most grateful to the following for valuable suggestions: Thomas Piketty, whose work on France (2001 and 2003) stimulated my own research, Andrea Brandolini (I am drawing on our joint work), Stephan Klasen, who proposed the revised title, and to his colleagues for references to earnings in pre-war Germany.

*A. B. Atkinson, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF, U.K. (tony.atkinson@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

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