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Poles apart: an analysis of the meaning of polarization

Amiel, Yoram, Cowell, Frank and Ramos, Xavier (2010) Poles apart: an analysis of the meaning of polarization. Review of Income and Wealth, 56 (1). pp. 23-46. ISSN 0034-6586

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Abstract

Starting from the axiomatization of polarization contained in Esteban and Ray (1994) and Chakravarty and Majumder (2001), we investigate whether people's perceptions of income polarization are consistent with the key axioms. This is carried out using a questionnaire–experimental approach that combines both paper questionnaires and on-line interactive techniques. The responses suggest that important axioms which serve to differentiate polarization from inequality—e.g. increased bipolarization—as well as other distinctive features of polarization, i.e. the non-monotonous behavior attributed to polarization, are not widely accepted.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2010 Wiley-Blackwell
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
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)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 09:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35318/

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