Cowell, Frank and Ebert, U (2006) Inequality and envy. 88. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Studies, London, UK.
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Using a simple axiomatic structure we characterise two classes of inequality indices - absolute and relative - that take into account “envy” in the income distribution. The concept of envy incorporated here concerns the distance of each person’s income from his or her immediately richer neighbour. This is shown to be similar to justice concepts based on income relativities.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2006 Frank Cowell and Udo Ebert|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Inequality, envy, transfer principle|
|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
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