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Non-Hierarchical Bivariate Decomposition of Theil Indexes

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This paper develops a method to conduct non-hierarchical bivariate decomposition of Theil indexes. The method has the merits that, first, it treats all variates symmetrically and therefore facilitates the comparison of inequalities associated with different variates; and, second, it highlights the interaction between variates in the creation of inequality. The method is applied to measure gender and ethnic income inequality in Australia.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series CEPA Working Papers Series with number WP032007.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:qld:uqcepa:26

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  1. Takahiro Akita & Sachiko Miyata, 2013. "The Roles of Location and Education in the Distribution of Economic Well-being in Indonesia: Hierarchical and Non-hierarchical Inequality Decomposition Analyses," Working Papers EMS_2013_15, Research Institute, International University of Japan.

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