Measuring International Inequity Aversion
AbstractI measure the rate of aversion to inequality in consumption as expressed in the development aid given by rich countries to poor ones between 1965 and 2005. Over time, OECD countries have become less concerned about international inequity. Even for a fairly leaky bucket, the consumption rate of inequity aversion is less than the rate of risk aversion, which implies that the pure rate of inequity aversion is negative. That is, rich countries would prefer to see greater inequality between rich and poor countries.
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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Inequity aversion; risk aversion; income distribution; development aid;
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- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
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- NEP-ALL-2008-09-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-LTV-2008-09-29 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-UPT-2008-09-29 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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