IRES Lunch Seminar - Dorothee Hillrichs, IRES/LIDAM

October 25, 2022

12:45 - 13:45


D 144, Dupriez Building, Place Montesquieu 3

Dorothee Hillrichs


will give a presentation on

Recovering within-country inequality from trade data

Abstract :

This paper develops a novel method to estimate inequality within a country based on what it imports. If preferences are non-homothetic, rich and poor individuals in a country have different consumption profiles. Observing imports can thus inform us about the income distribution in a country. The global availability of trade data allows us to estimate inequality using the same transparent and comparable method for a large sample of countries over time. Compared to conventional data, we feature an especially good coverage of developing countries. We provide a number of robustness checks and cross-validation exercises to gauge the performance of our method.

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