Title

Spatial and Temporal Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Trends in Income Inequality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1999

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

Overall total inequality for state per capita personal income as well as total inequality for nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas are examined for the period 1969 to 1995. In each case, the total inequality was partitioned into between and within-region variations. Statistical testing shows no perceptible differences between the major categories, nonmetropolitan and metropolitan. Further, this study uses a model to test for narrowing of income gaps within these categories. It was found that for both nonmetropolitan and metropolitan, a general trend toward equality was evidenced during the early 1970s decade. In that decade, the nonmetropolitan areas' incomes approached the metropolitan areas' incomes but showed significant divergences in the 1980s, followed again by a narrowing of the gaps in the 1990s.

Publication Title

Growth and Change

Volume

30

Issue

3

First Page

407

Last Page

429