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The Axiomatic Properties Of An Entropy Based Index Of Segregation

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  • Ricardo Mora

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  • Javier Ruiz-Castillo

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This paper reviews the properties suggested in the methodological literature on the measurement of occupational gender segregation. It is found that an index of (relative) segregation based on the entropy concept, IE, satisfies thirteen basic axioms previously proposed in the single-dimensional case, and can be expressed as the sum of a between-group and a within-group term both for any partition of the set of occupations and in the two-dimensional case.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we056231.

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Cited by:
  1. Frankel, David M. & Volij, Oscar, 2010. "Measuring Segregation," Staff General Research Papers 32130, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Oscar Volij, 2014. "Segregation: Theoretical Approaches," Working Papers 1401, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics.

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