Personal wealth, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Income distribution, Northern Ireland
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Corley, T. A. B. 'The personal wealth of Northern Ireland 1920-1960'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXI, Pt. I, 1962/1963, pp14-30
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXI, Pt. I, 1962/1963
The main object of this paper is to build up estimates of personal
wealth in Northern Ireland, in order to chart the material progress of
its inhabitants during the past forty years. To this end, wherever
possible, comparisons will be drawn with similar estimates for the
Irish Republic and for Great Britain.
A further, although subsidiary, object will be to give a brief account
of how these personal wealth statistics have been compiled. Such
calculations are of necessity highly complex and technical, and will
therefore be described here only to the extent necessary to bring out
the chief problems involved, as well as the limitations of the figures in
the present state of our knowledge.
In order to dispose of these problems of estimation before coming
on to the main task of presenting and interpreting the results, the
section which immediately follows will comprise a critical description
of the "death duties" method of calculating personal wealth. The
remainder of the paper will be devoted to an examination of personal
wealth estimates for selected years during the period, first of all as
aggregate data (in per capita and real terms as well as in absolute
terms) and then sub-divided into various categories, namely the situation of the wealth, its component assets, and its distribution by
numbers and values between various broad capital-owning groups.
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