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How Unification and Immigration Affected the German Income Distribution

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Markus M. Grabka, Johannes Schwarze, Gert G. Wagner

In: European Economic Review 43 (1999), 4-6, S. 867-878


The German economy is not only affected by unification of Germany but by a significant influx of immigrants from abroad and huge migration from East to West Germany around the date of unification. Data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) allows one to disentangle those effects by decomposition of the Theil I(0)-Index of inequality. In addition, the paper offers insights into the transition from a socalist economy into a market oriented one.

Markus M. Grabka

Board of Directors SOEP & Acting Division Head in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

JEL-Classification: D31;J21;J31
Keywords: Decomposable inequality measure, Economics of transition, Economic impact of immigration

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