Journal of Income Distribution®

New Series

Volume 23, Number 3-4 (September-December 2014)

O.F. Hamouda
York University,
Christos Koulovatianos
University of Luxembourg,
Carsten Schroeder
DIW Berlin,
Eva Sierminska
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Institute,
Minoo Mirsaeedi
Editorial Office, JID,
Charlotte Bartels
Freie Universität Berlin,
Timm Bönke
Freie Universität Berlin,
Andreas Peichl
Centre for European Economic Research,

The Journal of Income Distribution, Volume 23, Number 3-4 (September-December 2014) is now posted in its electronic form. The print copy of this issue will be out shortly as well. The Editorial Office of the Journal extends its apologies to readers for the continuing delay in dissemination of the timely research within its care. The JID has most recently had the good fortune to have had a new group of Managing Editors, Technical Editor, and Assistant Managing Editors join its editorial team. Increased available hours with this academic team, involved in all phases of its production, should translate into the publication calendar of the Journal of Income Distribution steadily catching up with itself. Manuscript preparation continues, and the pace of dissemination will pick up rapidly in the next few months.

The Journal of Income Distribution continues to provide a forum for analysis of the distribution and redistribution of income. It offers to scholars the opportunity to disseminate their research on the measurement, the causes, and the consequences of income distribution and redistribution at virtually any scale. Submissions, containing either empirical or theoretical work, on the following and related topics (proposed in no particular order) and more will be considered for publication:

  • Distributional aspects of living standards, economic inequality, mobility, and opportunity.
  • Models which seek to explain income/wealth distribution.
  • The interplay between demographics and income/wealth distribution.
  • The intersection between family economics and inequality.
  • Race, Ethnic origin, and/or Gender differences and inequality.
  • Analyses of production-factor allocations.
  • Micro- and macro-economic models of the (causal) relationships between inequality and socio-economic outcomes.
  • Differences in income distribution and/or living standards between and among societal, regional or national groups, over time.
  • (Causal) relationships between income distribution and growth.
  • The redistributive effects of public policies related to taxation and/or social reallocation systems, including those connected to savings, education, medical care, pensions, etc.
  • Methodological contributions dealing with statistical methods and data issues used in the analysis of economic distribution and redistribution.
  • Econometric and statistical issues in working with administrative data and “big data”.

The timely topic of "financial crises" is addressed in this new Special Issue, dated September-December 2014. The JID welcomed the opportunity to publish this collection of articles deriving from a select number of papers presented at the conference “Crises and the Distribution”, held in Berlin, September 29-30, 2014, at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science. Christos Koulovatianos of the University of Luxembourg, co-organiser and now co-Managing Editor of the Journal of Income Distribution introduces this issue, which reflects the following conviction of all its editors and contributors: it is reasonable to think that specific misallocations detectable in income and wealth distributions might have their origin in an economic crisis. So persuaded of this were the organisers of the conference and this ensuing special volume that the definition of “economic crisis” selected as best serving their perspective is “a rapid development of events manifested by sudden misallocation of resources”.

Koulovatianos identifies the third and fourth articles in this Issue as speaking specifically to the aspect of misallocation found in the chosen definition of “crisis”. The third article, titled “Multifactorial Decomposition of Inequality: the case of CAP”, by Arsen Palestini and Giuseppe Pignataro, in that it deals with methods for multidimensional-inequality assessments represents, he notes, the type of research that can help advance the toolbox of economics for describing the multiple facets of a misallocation event. The fourth article, called “The Political Economy of Easy Credit Policies”, by Karim Azizi and Thibault Darcillon, deals with the mechanisms driving inequality dynamics, which, as a study, points, Koulovatianos feels, perhaps to the detection of a key pre-crisis misallocation mechanism and sets an exciting question to test in future research.

Junyi Zhu’s article, entitled “Bracket Creep Revisited –Without and With r>g: Evidence from Germany”, the last in this Special Issue, presents a tax micro-simulation model (applied to the Panel on Household Finance in Germany). While the model is designed to study the effects of inflation on the income tax and social insurance contribution system, deriving from it, the author reports, could be the immediate uses of currency-crisis evaluations and assessments of the effects of crisis on different income/wealth classes. This article speaks, according to Koulovatianos, to attempts to respond to the crying need for more explanations of economic allocations through models and simulations, and for empirical testing of those models.

As Volume 23, Number 3-4 of the JID is a Special Issue dedicated to financial crises and income distribution, all five of its articles stem from an interest in the topic. The second is no exception. Lino Briguglio and Melchior Vella, the authors of the second article, “Technological advance and the labor share of national income in the European Union”, look, however, specifically at a long-term trend, a fall in the labor shares, which can be attributed to technological progress. The characteristics among labor shares, measured post-crisis, are considered most informative: “the dynamics might reveal a key driving force behind how technological advances may be reflected in asset-price dynamics”.

The Introduction to this issue of the Journal of Income Distribution, Volume 23, Number 3-4 (September-December 2014) also mentions two keynote lectures presented at the conference which is behind the Issue: one by Martin Hellwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, the other by Anders Björklund, Director of Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.

C.M. Beach
Queens University
R.V. Burkhauser
Cornell University
J. Creedy
The University of Melbourne
T. Fukawa
R. Hauser
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
J.P. Jacobsen
Wesleyan University
H. Kaelble
Humboldt University, Berlin
J.B. McDonald
Brigham Young University
P.L. Menchik
Michigan State University
T. Mitrakos
Bank of Greece
B. Nolan
University College, Dublin
L.L. Pasinetti
Università Cattolica S.C., Milan
H. Sardy
Brooklyn College, CUNY
M. Sattinger
University at Albany
P. Scholliers
Free University, Brussels
A. Shorrocks
London, UK
A. Singh
University of Cambridge
T.M. Smeeding
University of Wisconsin - Madison
I.L. van Zanden
Utrecht University

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