Wealth concentration in the European periphery: Ireland, 1858–2001

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Using annual will indexes, a series of wealth concentration is constructed for the north of Ireland on a decennial basis for the period 1858 to 2001. Wealth was highly concentrated at the beginning of the sample period, but inequality falls towards the end of the nineteenth century and continues to fall until the 1970s. However, there does not appear to be a Kuznets-type process at work. Instead, using data on socio-occupational status, it is suggested that the fall in wealth concentration appears to be associated with the demise of the titled classes. Interestingly, similar to the findings of other studies, wealth has become more concentrated since the 1970s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-646
Number of pages22
JournalOxford Economic Papers
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


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