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Income inequality dynamic measurement of Markov models: Application to some European countries

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  • D'Amico, Guglielmo
  • Di Biase, Giuseppe
  • Manca, Raimondo

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In this paper we present a methodology for measuring income inequality dynamically within a Markov model of income evolution. The proposed methodology requires knowledge of the evolution of the population and the averages and medians of the incomes in a country and allows the computation of dynamic inequality indices. The methodology is supported with statistics from Eurostat data applied on France, Germany, Greece and Italy.

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  • D'Amico, Guglielmo & Di Biase, Giuseppe & Manca, Raimondo, 2012. "Income inequality dynamic measurement of Markov models: Application to some European countries," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 1598-1602.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:29:y:2012:i:5:p:1598-1602
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2012.05.019
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    1. D'Amico, Guglielmo & Di Biase, Giuseppe & Manca, Raimondo, 2014. "Decomposition Of The Population Dynamic Theil'S Entropy And Its Application To Four European Countries," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 55(2), pages 229-239, December.

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    Keywords

    Income distribution; Dynamic Theil's Entropy; Multistate model; Economic policies;

    JEL classification:

    • E64 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Incomes Policy; Price Policy
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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