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The Gini Index and the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality


  • Fluckiger, Yves
  • Silber, Jacques


In a recent article, R. M. Bradburd and D. R. Ross (1988) suggested a new index of multidimensional inequality, derived from the chi-square statistic used with contingency tables, to measure the extent to which one multidimensional characterization differs from another. In this note, it is shown that the Gini index may also be used to measure such a heterogeneity. The advantage of such an approach is that it may be given a graphical representation. Copyright 1994 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Fluckiger, Yves & Silber, Jacques, 1994. "The Gini Index and the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 56(2), pages 225-228, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:56:y:1994:i:2:p:225-28

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    1. Andrea Brandolini, 2008. "On applying synthetic indices of multidimensional well-being: health and income inequalities in selected EU countries," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 668, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Jacques Silber & Olivier Giovannoni & Amedeo Spadaro, 2007. "Inequality of Life Chances and the Measurement of Social Immobility," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_513, Levy Economics Institute.
    3. Andrea Brandolini, 2007. "On Synthetic Indices Of Multidimensional Well-Being: Health And Income Inequalities In France, Germany, Italy And The United Kingdom," CHILD Working Papers wp07_07, CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY.

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