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For richer, for poorer: the changing distribution of income in the United Kingdom, 1961-91

Alissa Goodman and Steven Webb
Report
This report provides, for the first time ever, a consistently defined picture of living standards in the UK over the last three decades. Looking in detail at patterns in income inequality, and at the changing fortunes of the richest and the poorest, this report puts the trends of the 1980s into the context of 30 years.

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