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Неравенство И Общественное Благосостояние
[Inequality and Social Welfare]

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  • Wodon, Quentin
  • Yitzhaki, Shlomo

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This paper provides a review of part of the literature on inequality and social welfare, with a special focus on the Gini index. The paper first presents the extended Gini index used for measuring inequality, as well as the source decomposition of the Gini used to analyze how changes in income and consumption sources affect overall inequality. The paper then provides a wide range of policy applications of the source decomposition of the extended Gini index, including techniques for analyzing the impact on inequality of the targeting of programs as opposed to the rules for the allocation of benefits among program participants. This unpublished version of the paper in Russian was translated from an English version published in the World Bank's Poverty Reduction Strategy Sourcebook.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 10489.

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  1. Stark, Oded & Taylor, J Edward & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 1986. "Remittances and Inequality," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 96(383), pages 722-40, September.
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