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The Measurement of Economic Inequality

Stephen P. Jenkins and Philippe Van Kerm

in The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606061
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199606061.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 The Measurement of Economic Inequality

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This article provides an introduction to methods for the measurement of economic inequality. It reviews the inequality measures that economists have developed, and explains how one might choose between indices or check whether conclusions about inequality difference can be derived without choosing any specific index. It reviews mobility measurement and some fundamental questions about how the distributions of economic interest are defined.

Keywords: inequality measures; economic indices; income mobility; economic interest

Article.  10736 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General

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