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Local Segregation and Well-being

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  • Coral del Rio

    (Universidade de Vigo and EQUALITAS)

  • Olga Alonso-Villar

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    (Universidade de Vigo and EQUALITAS)

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This paper proposes an index that quantifies the well-being (ill-being) of a target group as associated with its occupational segregation: that is, it assesses the gains/losses of that group which are derived from its underrepresentation in some occupations and overrepresentation in others. This index has several good properties. In particular, it is equal to zero when either the group has no segregation or all occupations have the same wage, and increases when individuals of the group move into occupations that have higher wages than those left behind. Moreover, our well-being measure permits to rank different demographic groups using distributive value judgments that are in the line of those conducted in the literature on economic inequality.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 320.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2014-320

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Keywords: Segregation measures; occupations; status; well-being; ill-being.;

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  1. Silber, Jacques, 1992. "Occupational Segregation Indices in the Multidimensional Case: A Note," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 68(202), pages 276-77, September.
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