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Inequality: measurement

Cowell, Frank (2008) Inequality: measurement. In: Durlauf, Steven N and Blume, Lawrence. E, (eds.) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan , Hampshire, UK. ISBN 09780333786765

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the key issues in inequality measurement and shows how theoretical concepts are related to practical judgements. The principal axioms of distributional analysis are used to show the social-welfare underpinnings of standard ranking principles and to derive families of inequality indices. Recent developments that focus on income differences and reference income levels are examined.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com/home/index.asp
Additional Information: © 2008 Macmillan Publishers Limited
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C13 - Estimation
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
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)
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Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 09:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35803/

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