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The Extended Atkinson Family and Changes in Expenditure Distribution

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  • Goerlich Gisbert Francisco J.

    ()
    (Ivie; Universidad de Valencia)

  • Lasso de la Vega Martínez María Casilda

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    (UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES ECONÓMICAS (Ivie) UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY)

  • Urrutia Careaga Ana Marta

    ()
    (UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY)

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the properties of a family of inequality measures which extends the Atkinson indices and is axiomatically characterized by amultiplicative decomposition property, where the within-group component is a generalized weighted mean with weights summing exactly to 1. This family contains canonical forms of all aggregative inequality measures; each bounded above by 1, has a usefuland intuitive geometric interpretation and provides an alternative dominance criterion for ordering distributions in terms of inequality. Taking the Spanish Household Budget Surveys (HBS)for 1973/74, 1980/81 and 1990/91 and the morerecent continuous HBS for 2003, we show the advantages and possibilities of this extended family inregard to completing and detailing information instudies of inequality focussing on the tails of the distribution and on the changes in the distribution when the population is partitioned into population subgroups.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201067.

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Length: 42
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201067

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Keywords: Inequality measurement; multiplicative decomposition; Atkinson indices.;

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