Income, inequality and recession

The changing distribution of individual incomes in the UK before and after the recession is a working paper that uses data from the Family Resources Survey to investigate who gained and who lost in terms of their individual income between 2005-8 and 2009-12.
We look at average incomes and across the distribution by age, ethnicity, social class and housing tenure. We find that working age men faced lower individual incomes across the distribution after the recession; but pensioners’ incomes were protected.
Working age women overall experienced individual income gains  but the income gains that women in couples obtained were not sufficient to counterbalance the losses that men experienced.