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Income inequality dynamic measurement of Markov models: Application to some European countries

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  • D'Amico, Guglielmo
  • Di Biase, Giuseppe
  • Manca, Raimondo
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    In this paper we present a methodology for measuring income inequality dynamically within a Markov model of income evolution. The proposed methodology requires knowledge of the evolution of the population and the averages and medians of the incomes in a country and allows the computation of dynamic inequality indices. The methodology is supported with statistics from Eurostat data applied on France, Germany, Greece and Italy.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 1598-1602

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:29:y:2012:i:5:p:1598-1602

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    Keywords: Income distribution; Dynamic Theil's Entropy; Multistate model; Economic policies;

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