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The subjective approach to the measurement of income inequality

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  • Yoram Amiel
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    Inequality measurement involves explicit or implicit value judgements. The subjective approach to inequality measurement is a relatively new and fast-developing area which focueses direct attention on these judgements. It is 'subjective' in the sense that it takes accounts of peoples' views on distributional comparisons. This paper conveys some of the principal contributions of recent years.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 6595.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:6595

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    Keywords: inequality; social welfare and poverty;

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