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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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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2009.00361.x


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.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Wiley-Blackwell
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 09:47
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 19:42

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