Towards a System of Distributional National Accounts

Project outline


Starting in 2020 this programme of research is funded by is a 6-year Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC grant 856455 DINA), in collaboration with Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) and Emmanuel Saez (University of California-Berkeley). Professor Nolan is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Oxford element, while Professor Piketty is the overall PI.

The central aim is to build bridges between distributional data available from micro sources and national accounts aggregates to provide estimates of the distribution of income and wealth using concepts that are consistent with the macroeconomic national accounts.

The Oxford team – including at different stages Lewis Anderson, Leo Azzolini, Michele Bavaro, Caspar Kaiser, Rafael Carranza Navarrete and Nhat An Trinh - are also investigating related topics including implications for the measurement and role of redistribution by the State, the intergenerational transmission of income, wealth, poverty and social class, ‘correcting’ surveys for missing income and wealth, inequality and social status, economic inequality (including unemployment) and political behaviour, and the interactions between demographic patterns/trends and income and wealth inequality. 

Acciari, P., F. Alvaredo and S. Morelli. (2023). The concentration of personal wealth in Italy 1995-2016. Journal of the European Economic Association. 


Azzollini, L. (2023). Doubly Disadvantaged: Unemployment Scars, Young Age, and Electoral Participation in the UK. The British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 74 (5). Open Access.   


Azzollini, L. (2023). Scar effects of unemployment on generalised social trust: The joint impact of individual and contextual unemployment across Europe. Social Science Research, 109, 102787. Open Access. [Article Coverage]: [World Bank], [University of Oxford]. 


Azzollini, L., R. Breen and B. Nolan (2023). ‘From gender equality to household earnings equality: The role of women’s labour market outcomes across OECD countries’, Research on Social Stratification and Mobility, Volume 86, 


Azzollini, L., R. Breen and B. Nolan (2023).Demographic behaviour and earnings inequality across OECD countries’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 21, 441-461. 


Azzollini, L. and R. Macmillan (2023). Are Bad Jobs Bad for Democracy? Precarious Work and Political Participation in Europe. Frontiers in Political Science, 5, 57. Special Issue on Agents in Political Socialization in the 21st Century, Edited by L. Dražanová, A.M. Jeannet, A. Vranceanu. Open Access. 


Betthäuser, Bastian, Trinh, Nhat An, and Fasang, Anette. 2023. ‘The Temporal Dimension of Parental Employment: Fixed-term Contracts, Non-standard Work Schedules and Children’s Education in Germany’, European Sociological Review. 


Carranza, R. (2023). Upper and lower bound estimates of inequality of opportunity: A cross-national comparison for Europe. Review of Income and Wealth 69(4).  


Carranza, R.  (2023). How much of intergenerational immobility can be attributed to differences in childhood circumstances? Research on Economic Inequality: Mobility and Inequality Trends. Volume 30.


Otero, G., Quentin, R., Méndez, M.L., Carranza, R., Link, F., Ruiz-Tagle, J. (2023). The damages of stigma, the benefits of prestige: examining the consequences of perceived residential reputations on neighbourhood attachment. Urban Studies 61(3). 


Alvaredo, F., and A.B. Atkinson. (2022). Top Incomes in South Africa in the Twentieth Century. Cliometrica, 16:477-546. 


Azzollini, L. (2022). Unemployment and Social Participation: the joint role of Individual and Contextual Unemployment in Europe. Participation and Conflict/Partecipazione e Conflitto, 15(3) 2022: 916-955. Open Access. 


Bavaro M. and Patriarca F. (2022). Referrals, intergenerational mobility and human capital accumulation, Economic Modelling, 110, 105811. 


Bavaro M. and Tullio F. (2022). Intergenerational mobility measurement with latent transition matrices, Journal of Economic Inequality. 


Morelli, S., B. Nolan, J.C. Palomino, and P. Van Kerm (2022).The Wealth (Disadvantage) of Single-Parent Households’, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 702, July, 1880205, DOI: 10.1177/00027162221123448. 


Nolan, B., J.C. Palomino, P. Van Kerm and S. Morelli (2022). ‘Intergenerational wealth transfers in Great Britain from the Wealth and Assets Survey in comparative perspective’, Fiscal Studies, April. 


Carranza, R., M. Morgan and B. Nolan (2022). ‘Top Income Adjustments and Inequality: An investigation of the EU-SILC’, Review of Income and Wealth, June.


Kuypers, S., I. Marx, B. Nolan and J. C. Palomino (2022). ‘Lockdown, Earnings Losses and Household Asset Buffers in Europe’, Review of Income and Wealth, 68(2): 428-470. 


Kaiser, C. (2022). ‘Using memories to assess the intrapersonal comparability of wellbeing reports’, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 193, 410-442. 


Kaiser, C. and AJ Oswald (2022). The scientific value of numerical measures of human feelings, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (42), e2210412119.


McGuire, J., C. Kaiser, A. M. Bach-Mortensen (2022). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of cash transfers on subjective well-being and mental health in low- and middle-income countries’, Nature Human Behaviour 1-14. 


Sehnbruch, K., Carranza, R. & Contreras, D. (2022). Unemployment Insurance in Transition and Developing Countries: Moral Hazard vs. Liquidity Constraints in Chile. Journal of Development Studies 58(10). 


Azzollini, L. (2021). The Scar Effects of Unemployment on Electoral Participation: Withdrawal and Mobilization across European Societies. European Sociological Review, 37(6), 1007-1026. 


Kaiser, C and Trinh NA (2021). Positional, Mobility, and Reference Effects: How Does Social Class Affect Life Satisfaction in Europe? European Sociological Review, 1-18 


Morelli, S., B. Nolan, J.C. Palomino, and P. Van Kerm (2021). ‘Inheritance, Gifts and the Wealth Deficit of Low-Income Households, Journal of European Social Policy, 31(5): 533–548. 


Otero, G., Carranza, R. & Contreras, D. (2021). Spatial divisions of poverty and wealth: Does segregation affect educational achievement? Socio-Economic Review.