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Tracing the Divide: Intergroup Disparity across Countries

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  • William Darity, Jr.

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    (Department of Economics, University of North Carolina
    Duke University)

  • Ashwini Deshpande

    (Delhi School of Economics
    Carolina Population Center)

Abstract

Theil's T index has attractive decompositional properties exploited by James Galbraith and his team. We provide a different take on using the Theil index. We consider Theil's T from the perspective of variations in income or earnings across the major racial and ethnic groups that comprise a given society. We presume that the identity of the groups is understood within the norms and conventions of that society. We argue that the interaction between overall inequality and intergroup disparity is complex and not unidirectional. A reverse causation can imply that intergroup disparity is a key element in determining overall inequality.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (Winter)
Pages: 75-85

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:26:y:2000:i:1:p:75-85

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  1. Jasso, Guillermina & Kotz, Samuel, 2007. "Two Types of Inequality: Inequality Between Persons and Inequality Between Subgroups," IZA Discussion Papers 2749, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Ashwini Deshpande, 2000. "Does Caste Still Define Disparity? A Look at Inequality in Kerala, India," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(2), pages 322-325, May.
  3. Erik Monsen & Prashanth Mahagaonkar & Christian Dienes, 2012. "Entrepreneurship in India: the question of occupational transition," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 359-382, September.
  4. Siwan Anderson, 2007. "Dowry and Property Rights," Working Papers id:1104, eSocialSciences.

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