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The Non-constancy of Equivalence Scales

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  • Conniffe, Denis

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Comparisons of households of differing composition are usually achieved through the use of equivalence scales. It is we ll known that the choice of scales can have considerable impact on the conclusions drawn from studies of welfare and poverty. There is a considerable literature on the theoretical issues relating to equivalence scales, but applied work on income distribution and rela ted areas almost invariably takes scales to be constant irrespective of income. This paper focuses on the relation of scale to income by applying theoretical analysis to some simple household types. The conclusion is that scales are not constant and that current practice should be changed. Copyright 1992 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 38 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 429-43

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:38:y:1992:i:4:p:429-43

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  1. Udo Ebert & Peter J. Lambert, 2004. "Horizontal Equity and Progression When Equivalence Scales Are Not Constant," Public Finance Review, , vol. 32(4), pages 426-440, July.
  2. Bargain, Olivier & Donni, Olivier & Gbakou, Monnet Benoit Patrick, 2009. "The Measurement of Child Costs: Evidence from Ireland," IZA Discussion Papers 4672, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Denis Conniffe & Brian Nolan & Christopher T. Whelan, 1999. "Household Composition, Living Standards, and "Needs"," Papers WP106, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  4. Federico Perali, 2002. "Some curiosites about the Engel method to estimate equivalence scales," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(9), pages 1-7.
  5. Callan, Tim & Nolan, Brian & Whelan, Christopher T., 1996. "A Review of the Commission on Social Welfare's Minimum Adequate Income," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number PRS29.
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