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Preliminary ON THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE “MIDDLE CLASS”

By Andrea Brandolini

Abstract

The paper examines three issues in the identification of a possible “middle class” using data from LIS. It considers first definitions based purely on income, examining the rationale for different approaches and illustrating the implications for changes over time. It argues that any interpretation in terms of “class” requires the examination of dimensions other than income. The second part of the paper considers the composition of income and the role of property. Drawing on the sociological literature, the third part investigates what can be said about the role of occupations

Topics: class structure, income distribution. Contents
Year: 2010
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