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Generalizing the S-Gini family: Some properties

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  • Francisco J. Goerlich Gisbert

    ()
    (University of Valencia and Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (Ivie))

  • Mª Casilda Lasso de la Vega

    ()
    (University of the Basque Country)

  • Ana Marta Urrutia

    ()
    (University of the Basque Country)

Abstract

In the literature there are a number of generalizations of the Gini coefficient which inherit most of its appealing properties. These families allow the incorporation of different value judgments and all of them are more sensitive to transfers among the poorest individuals in society than to transfers among the richest. Consequently they fail to capture a fact with which perhaps not everybody agrees: it is always good for society to give much more additional income to the richest person than to the poorest one. The aim of this paper is to propose extensions of these generalizations of the Gini coefficient with measures which, preserving their properties, complete the information about all the inequality perceptions.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 170.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2010-170

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Keywords: Gini; Relative and Absolute Inequality Measures; Social Welfare.;

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  1. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:4:y:2003:i:29:p:1-12 is not listed on IDEAS
  2. Casilda Lasso de la Vega & Ana Urrutia, 2008. "The ‘Extended’ Atkinson family: The class of multiplicatively decomposable inequality measures, and some new graphical procedures for analysts," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 211-225, June.
  3. Mª Casilda Lasso de la Vega & Ana Marta Urrutia, 2003. "A new factorial decomposition for the atkinson measure," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(29), pages 1-12.
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  1. Carmen Puerta & Ana Urrutia, 2012. "Lower and upper tail concern and the rank dependent social evaluation functions," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 3250-3259.
  2. Sonia Oreffice & Climent Quintana, 2009. "Anthropometry and Socioeconomics in the Couple: Evidence from the PSID," Working Papers 2009-22, FEDEA.

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