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Shapley inequality decomposition by factor components: Some methodological issues

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  • Mercedes Sastre

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  • Alain Trannoy

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    Decomposition analysis provides help in the difficult task of explaining how economies trends and government policies affect the distribution of income. In this context, recent studies have proposed the application of the “Shapley Value” allocation method, a concept from cooperative game theory, to the decomposition of inequality. This paper examines the “Shapley inequality decomposition” by factor components focussing in particular on some methodological issues that cannot be solved from a theoretical point of view. Following an inductive approach, the empirical evidence obtained by applying several variants of the Shapley decomposition to the UK and US income distributions suggests an answer to some of the dilemmas faced by applied economists when implementing the Shapley decomposition technique. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2002

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 77 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 (December)
    Pages: 51-89

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:77:y:2002:i:1:p:51-89

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    Keywords: Shapley Value; Inequality; Decomposition; D31;

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    1. Slonimczyk, Fabian, 2011. "Earnings inequality and skill mismatch in the U.S.: 1973-2002," MPRA Paper 35449, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Higashikata, Takayuki, 2013. "Factor decomposition of income inequality change : Japan's regional income disparity from 1955 to 1998," IDE Discussion Papers 400, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    3. Francisco Azpitarte, 2014. "Was Pro-Poor Economic Growth in Australia for the Income-Poor? And for the Multidimensionally-Poor?," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 117(3), pages 871-905, July.
    4. Carlos Gradín, 2013. "Conditional occupational segregation of minorities in the US," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 473-493, December.
    5. Carlos Gradín & Olga Cantó & Coral del Río, 2006. "Poverty and Women’s Labor Market Activity: the Role of Gender Wage Discrimination in the EU," Working Papers 40, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    6. Carlos Gradín, 2011. "Occupational Segregation of Afro-Latinos," Working Papers 1105, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.

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