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Intermediate Inequality and Welfare: The Case of Spain, 1980-81 to 1990-91


  • del Rio, Coral
  • Ruiz-Castillo, Javier


The 1990-91 household expenditures distribution in Spain dominates, in the relative ("rightist") Lorenz sense, the 1980-81 distribution, but the latter dominates the former in the absolute ("leftist") Lorenz sense. This situation constitutes a textbook case for intermediate or "centrist" notions of inequality and social welfare. This paper presents the first empirical application of this sort, using the intermediate inequality concept introduced in Del Rio and Ruiz-Castillo (2000). The data reveal that there is a decrease in household expenditures inequality for a relatively small set of centrist attitudes. Copyright 2001 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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  • del Rio, Coral & Ruiz-Castillo, Javier, 2001. "Intermediate Inequality and Welfare: The Case of Spain, 1980-81 to 1990-91," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 47(2), pages 221-237, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:47:y:2001:i:2:p:221-37

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