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An integrated approach for the measurement of inequality, poverty, and richness

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  • Nuno Crespo

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    (Lisbon University Institute and UNIDE – Economics Research Center)

  • Sandrina Berthault Moreira

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    (Polytechnic Institute of Setubal and UNIDE – Economics Research Center)

  • Nádia Simões

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    (Lisbon University Institute and UNIDE – Economics Research Center)

Abstract

We propose a new and integrated approach to the measurement of inequality in income distribution, poverty, and richness. The proposed broad set of indicators is neutral and easy to calculate. The method allows a specific interpretation of the results, a decomposition according to households’ characteristics, and an immediate comparison of the results between different countries and time periods. We illustrate the application of the proposed measures and their decomposition based on evidence from Portugal. In addition, we characterize households in accordance with their position in the income distribution.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 205.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Keywords: income inequality; poverty; richness; measurement.;

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