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Country inequality rankings and conversion schemes

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  • Schröder, Carsten
  • Bönke, Timm

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Two conversion schemes may be employed for assessing income inequality from household equivalent incomes: to weight household units by size or by needs. Using data from the Luxembourg Income Study, we show the sensitivity of country inequality rankings to conversion schemes and explain the finding by means of inequality decomposition. A bootstrap approach is implemented to test for statistical significance of our results. --

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Article provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its journal Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal.

Volume (Year): 6 (2012)
Issue (Month): 28 ()
Pages: 1-43

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Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifweej:201228

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Keywords: inequality; equivalence scale; equivalent income; weighting; heterogeneous distribution; quasi-homogeneous distribution; inequality decomposition;

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  1. Lynn A. Karoly & Carsten Schröder, 2014. "Fast Methods for Jackknifing Inequality Indices," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 643, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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