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Gini, deprivation and complaints

Cowell, Frank (2006) Gini, deprivation and complaints. 84. Suntory and Toyota International Research Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Recent insights from the philosopher Larry Temkin have suggested a new basis for the measurement of income inequality, founded on the notion of individual “complaints” about income distribution. Under certain specifications of the relationship between complaints and personal incomes it can be shown that a concept similar to the concept of deprivation then emerges. In turn deprivation is related to the Gini index and to poverty. The paper examines the relationships between the Gini index and Lorenz orderings on the one hand and deprivation, poverty and complaints on the other hand.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 Frank A. Cowell
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Identification Number: 84
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2007

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