Readership: Academics, senior undergraduates and postgraduates of economics interested in macro and micro fields such public economics and welfare economics, social statistics, and social policy, the links between macroeconomic cycles (recessions in particular) and income distribution. Researchers and policy advisors in government departments, and other national and international organisations.
Edited by Stephen P. Jenkins, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, London School of Economics, Andrea Brandolini, Economist, Economic Structure and Labour Market Division, Research Department, Bank of Italy, John Micklewright, Professor of Economics and Social Statistics, Institute of Education, University of London, and Brian Nolan, Professor of Public Policy, University College Dublin
Stephen P. Jenkins is Professor of Economic and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, and a former Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex where he is now Visiting Professor. He has served as Chair of the
Council of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth, and as President of the European Society for Population Economics. He is a Research Professor at DIW Berlin, and a Research Fellow of IZA Bonn, and was a member of the UK's National Equality Panel that reported in 2010. His research interests are in topics related to the distribution of income, the labour market, and the tax-benefit system. He is the author of Changing Fortunes: Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics in Britain, OUP, 2011, and co-edited Inequality and Poverty Re-Examined, OUP, 2007 (with John Micklewright), and The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries, Cambridge University Press, 2001 (with Bruce Bradbury and John Micklewright)
Andrea Brandolini is an economist in the Economic Structure and Labour Market Division of the research department of the Bank of Italy. He has served as Chair of the Council of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth. He was a member of the executive committee of the Luxembourg Income Study. He chaired the Italian statistical office's Commission for the revision of absolute poverty measurement, and was a member of the Poverty Commissions established by Italian governments from 1994 to 2007. He is associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality. His research interests are income and wealth distribution, poverty and social exclusion, measurement of economic well-being, labour economics. He co-edited Povertà e benessere (Il Mulino, 2007, with Chiara
Saraceno) and Dimensioni della disuguaglianza in Italia: povertà, salute, abitazione (Il Mulino, 2009, with Chiara Saraceno and Antonio Schizzerotto).
John Micklewright is Professor of Economics and Social Statistics at the Institute of Education, University of London. He was previously Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, Professor of Economics at Queen Mary, University of London, and at the European University Institute, Florence, and Head of Research at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre. He is a Research Fellow of IZA, Bonn, and CEPR, London. His research addresses various issues relating to the distribution of income, the labour market, child outcomes, educational achievement, charitable giving, and survey methods. He co-authored Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income (Cambridge University Press, 1992, with Tony Atkinson) and co-edited The Dynamics of Child
Poverty in Industrialised Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2001, with Bruce Bradbury and Stephen Jenkins) and Inequality and Poverty Re-Examined (OUP, 2007, with Stephen Jenkins).
Brian Nolan has been Professor of Public Policy in UCD's School of Applied Social Science since 2007, and Principal of UCD's College of Human Sciences since September 2011. He was previously at the Economic and Social Research Institute and the Central Bank of Ireland. He has a BA in Economics and History from UCD, an MA in Economics from McMaster University (Ontario), and a doctorate in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main areas of research are poverty, income inequality, the economics of social policy, and health economics. Recent publications include studies on social inclusion in the EU, top income shares, child poverty, deprivation and multiple disadvantage, tax and welfare reform, and the distributional impact of the economic crisis.
He co-edited The Handbook of Economic Inequality (OUP 2009), and co-authored Poverty and Deprivation in Europe with Christopher T. Whelan (OUP 2011).
"This most timely volume is a valuable addition to economics and development studies collections... Highly recommended." - S. Chaudhuri, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, CHOICE
1: Stephen P. Jenkins, Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright, and Brian Nolan: Scope, review of approaches, and evidence from the past
2: Stephen P. Jenkins, Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright, and Brian Nolan, with the assistance of Gaetano Basso: The Great Recession and its consequences for household incomes in 21 countries
3: Markus Grabka and Joachim Frick: Country case study - Germany
4: Brian Nolan, Tim Callan, and Bernard Maître: Country case study - Ireland
5: Andrea Brandolini, Francesco D'Amuri, and Ivan Faiella: Country case study - Italy
6: Anders Björklund and Markus Jäntti: Country case study - Sweden
7: Robert Joyce and Luke Sibieta: Country case study - UK
8: Jeffrey Thompson and Timothy Smeeding: Country case study - USA
9: Stephen P. Jenkins, Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright, and Brian Nolan: Summary and conclusions