Stephen Jenkins is Professor of Economic and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He was Professor of Economics at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex 1994-2010, and ISER Director April 2006-August 2009. Previous employment: Professor of Applied Economics, University of Wales Swansea (1991-94); Lecturer, University of Bath (1983-91); Research Fellow, University of York (1979, 1981-83); Junior Lecturer in Economics, Massey University, New Zealand (1978). He received his D.Phil in 1983 from the University of York, UK. He is also a Research Professor at the DIW-Berlin. He was Chair (President) of the Council for the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth 2006-8, and President of the European Society for Population Economics in 1998. Stephen's first published papers were about the intergenerational inheritance of income and the economics of English provincial repertory theatre, but most subsequent ones have been about income distribution and the labour market. His current research focuses on income and poverty dynamics, benefit spell durations and labour force transitions. Stephen's publications have appeared in a wide range of international journals and edited volumes. His most recent books are The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Incomes, OUP 2013 (co-edited with Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright and Brian Nolan), and Changing Fortunes: Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics in Britain, OUP 2011,

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2000.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10869
forthcoming in Review of Income and Wealth

Tony Atkinson is universally celebrated for his outstanding contributions to the measurement and analysis of inequality, but he never saw the study of inequality as a separate branch of economics. He was an economist in the classical sense, rejecting any sub-field labelling of his interests and expertise, and he made...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10868

Survey under-coverage of top incomes leads to bias in survey-based estimates of overall income inequality. Using income tax record data in combination with survey data is a potential approach to address the problem; we consider here the UK's pioneering 'SPI adjustment' method that implements this idea. Since 1992, the principal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10124
published in: Economica, 2017, 84, 261–289.

I determine UK income inequality levels and trends by combining inequality estimates from tax return data (for the 'rich') and household survey data (for the 'non-rich'), taking advantage of the better coverage of top incomes in tax return data (which I demonstrate) and creating income variables in the survey data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9718
Forthcoming in: Oxford Economic Papers

Estimates of UK income inequality trends differ substantially according to whether estimates are based on household survey data (used for official statistics) or tax return data (used in the top incomes literature). We reconcile differences in variable definitions and combine survey and tax return data in order to take advantage...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8835
published in: H. Dean and L. Platt (eds.), Social Advantage and Disadvantage, Ch.7, 135 - 160, Oxford University Press, 2016.

This chapter describes the UK income distribution and how it has evolved over the last 50 years. It also includes some comparisons with the income distributions of other rich countries. Multiple perspectives on the distribution are provided: there is evidence about real income levels and inequality, and the prevalence of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8786
Also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper. Section 3, authored by Königs, published in the International Journal of Social Welfare

Means-tested Social Assistance (SA) benefits play an important role as social protection floors supporting households in financial difficulties. This paper presents evidence on the patterns of SA benefit receipt in a selection of OECD and EU countries. It provides an overview of the role of SA benefits in social protection...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8501
published in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 13 (4), December 2015, 629–671

This article assesses two secondary data compilations about income inequality – the World Income Inequality Database (WIIDv2c), and the Standardized World Income Inequality Database (SWIIDv4.0) which is based on WIID but with all observations multiply-imputed. WIID and SWIID are convenient and accessible sources for researchers seeking cross-national data with global...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7823
Sirma Demir ?eker, Stephen P. Jenkins
Revised version published in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 13 (3), 2015, 401–424

This paper provides new evidence about poverty trends in Turkey between 2003 and 2011 and the factors accounting for them. We give particular attention to issues of statistical inference, and the choice of the poverty line and the poverty measure. Our robust conclusion is that absolute poverty declined rapidly between...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7730
published in: AB Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2, North-Holland Elsevier, 2015.

This paper is prepared as a chapter for the Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2 (edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier-North Holland, forthcoming). Like the other chapters in the volume (and its predecessor), the aim is to provide comprehensive review of a particular area of research. We...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7583
published in European Sociological Review, 32 (1), February 2016, 3–22, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcv059

Cross-national differences in outcomes are often analysed using regression analysis of multilevel country datasets, examples of which include the ECHP, ESS, EU-SILC, EVS, ISSP, and SHARE. We review the regression methods applicable to this data structure, pointing out problems with the assessment of country-level factors that appear not to be...