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Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality

Bengt‐Christer Ysander

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198287976.003.0007

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

  Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality

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Ysander explores the implementation decisions in Erikson's paper, which broadly encompasses (1) the choice of welfare indicators, where Ysander points to the problem encountered in ‘capability’ measurement especially when the measurement is made across countries and across time; (2) the choice of distribution space, where Ysander notes that the survey‐limited‐distribution issues to questions of discrimination; and (3) the choice of measure of distributional change, where Ysander stresses that in order to understand the reason behind a change, one must trace how one position, or set of capabilities, or lack thereof, conditions the next.

Keywords: change; distribution; implementation; measurement difficulties; survey data

Chapter.  1899 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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