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An alternative functional form for estimating the lorenz curve

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    We propose a simple single parameter functional form for the Lorenz curve. The underlying probability density function and cumulative density functions for the Lorenz curve are derived and are shown to have some useful properties. The proposed functional form is fitted to existing data sets and is shown to provide a better fit than existing single parameter Lorenz curves for the given data.

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    Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Discussion Papers Series with number 384.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:qld:uq2004:384

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