Is Income a Good Welfare Indicator for Spanish Households? A Comparison Between Both Distributions

  • Inmaculada Garcia
  • Jose Alberto Molina


This paper compares the income and welfare distribution of Spanish households, with the objective of determining whether the first is a good indicator of the second. We consider different inequality measures of both adjusted income and welfare. The results show that the income ranking does not represent the welfare ranking of households and, secondly, that monetary inequality is higher than welfare inequality, which gives support to the idea that leisure time has a compensating effect on household welfare. {Copyright 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved}.