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A Note on the Measurement of Unfair Inequality in Brazil

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  • Erik Figueiredo

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This paper measures unfair inequality in Brazil using the "responsibility-sensitive" fairness principle. The results show that the levels of fairness in Brazil did not decrease as much as the income concentration levels for the period.

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  • Erik Figueiredo, 2011. "A Note on the Measurement of Unfair Inequality in Brazil," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(4), pages 2944-2951.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00567
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    Keywords

    Income Distribution; Unfairness;

    JEL classification:

    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics

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