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Inheritances have not increased wealth inequality among older households

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Inheritances and large gifts received by English individuals born between the 1920s and 1950s do not appear to have increased the degree of inequality in their wealth holdings. The already wealthy do receive much bigger inheritances than the less wealthy, but what they receive is smaller relative to their other wealth holdings. So the effect is not to increase the overall level of wealth inequality. This is the main finding of new IFS research, published today as part of English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Wave 6 Report, and funded by the IFS Retirement Saving Consortium with support from the Economic and Social Research Council. ELSA is funded by the National Institute of Aging in the US and a consortium of UK government departments.

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Book
This report is the sixth wave of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, a survey of people aged 50 and over in England.
Book chapter
Chapter 2 from 'The dynamics of ageing: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing 2002-12 (Wave 6)'.