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Country Inequality Rankings and Conversion Schemes

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  • Timm Bönke
  • Carsten Schröder

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Two conversion schemes are usually employed for assessing personal-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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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 1068.

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Length: 18 , Anh. p.
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1068

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Keywords: inequality; equivalence scale; equivalent income; weighting scheme; decomposition;

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