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Inequality decompositions—a reconciliation

Cowell, Frank A. and Fiorio, Carlo V. (2011) Inequality decompositions—a reconciliation. Journal of Economic Inequality, 9 (4). pp. 509-528. ISSN 1569-1721

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10888-011-9176-1


We show how classic source-decomposition and subgroup-decomposition methods can be reconciled with regression methodology used in the recent literature. We also highlight some pitfalls that arise from uncritical use of the regression approach. The LIS database is used to compare the approaches using an analysis of the changing contributions to inequality in the United States and Finland.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: 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)
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 16:02
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:53

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