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Linear Inequality Measures and the Redistribution of Income

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  • Duclos, J.Y.
  • Tabi, M.

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A class of inequality measures that is a natural companion to the popular Lorenz curve is the class of measures that are linear in incomes. These measures, which include the Gini and S-Gini coefficients, can be interpreted as ethical means of relative deprivation feelings. Their change through the tax and benefit system can be decomposed simply as a sum of progressivity indices for individual taxes and benefits, minus an index of horizontal inequity measured by the extent of reranking in the population.

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Paper provided by Laval - Recherche en Politique Economique in its series Papers with number 9613.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:lavape:9613

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Keywords: INCOME; SOCIAL JUSTICE; MATHEMATICS; TAXES;

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