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Theil, Inequality Indices and Decomposition

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  • Frank Cowell

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    (Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London)

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Theil’s approach to the measurement of inequality is set in the context of subsequent developments over recent decades. It is shown that Theil’s initial insight leads naturally to a very general class of decomposable inequality measures. It is thus closely related to a number of other commonly used families of inequality measures.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 01.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2005-01

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Keywords: Theil; inequality; independence; homotheticity; translatability;

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