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Gini's "Transvariazione" and the Measurement of Distance between Distributions

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  • Deutsch, Joseph
  • Silber, Jacques

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This paper notes that Ginis concept of "Transvariazione" corresponds to the idea of overlapping of distributions. It shows that this concept is implicit in some measures of income inequality such as the Pietra and Gini Index and is at the basis of various measures of distance between distributions. An empirical illustration is provided, based on Israeli data for the period 1978-94.

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Volume (Year): 22 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 547-54

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:22:y:1997:i:4:p:547-54

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  1. Yalonetzky, Gaston, 2011. "Measuring group disadvantage with inter-distributional inequality indices: A critical review and some amendments to existing indices," Economics Discussion Papers 2011-46, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Paul Makdissi & Stéphane Mussard, 2008. "Decomposition of s-concentration curves," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 41(4), pages 1312-1328, November.
  3. John A. Bishop & K. Victor Chow & Feijun Luo & Lester A. Zeager, . "Changes in Economic Advantage by National Origin After German Unification," Working Papers 0206, East Carolina University, Department of Economics.
  4. Stéphane Mussard & Françoise Seyte & Michel Terraza, 2006. "La décomposition de l’indicateur de Gini en sous-groupes : une revue de la littérature," Cahiers de recherche, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke 06-11, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.
  5. Benito Frosini, 2012. "Approximation and decomposition of Gini, Pietra–Ricci and Theil inequality measures," Empirical Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 175-197, August.

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