'Rich man, poor man...' (distribution of income)

Hancock, Karen (1983) 'Rich man, poor man...' (distribution of income). Quarterly Economic Commentary, 9 (1). pp. 58-64. ISSN 0306-7866

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Income in Scotland is far from evenly distributed. In 1977 the poorest 20 per cent of households received less than 1 per cent of total Scottish income while the richest 20 per cent received almost 50 per cent. Income largely determines material welfare (well-being) and in Scotland, as elsewhere, the distribution of income between the rich and the poor is an emotive issue. What is the evidence on income distribution for Scotland? How far can the government affect income distribution? Why does income remain unequally distributed?