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Trends in inequality, poverty and living standards

Documenting and understanding trends in poverty, inequality and living standards are key to informing policy responses to the living standards challenges the UK faces. Our research in this area has included study of: how trends in the labour market feed through to changes in the income and expenditure of different groups of households; the insurance mechanisms available to households when faced with a labour market shock, and the extent to which tax and benefit changes have explained or mitigated trends over time. Our research has also considered the trends in inequality and living standards across generations, the determinants of those trends, and the impact on inequality and living standards of wealth transfers between generations.  

Trends in poverty, inequality and living standards

Journal article | Economica
This report examines changes in the distribution of household incomes in the UK, and the determinants and consequences of recent trends. This includes analysing not only changes in average living standards, but also inequality in household incomes and measures of income poverty and deprivation.

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Jonathan Cribb
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Andrew Hood
Senior Research Economist
Tom Waters
Research Economist