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Fitting Lorenz curves

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  • Helene, Otaviano

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This paper presents a functional form, linear in the parameters, to deal with income distribution and Lorenz curves. The function is fitted to the Brazilian income distribution. Data standard deviations were estimated from year-to-year variation of the income share.

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  • Helene, Otaviano, 2010. "Fitting Lorenz curves," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 153-155, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:153-155
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    1. Enrico Scalas & Tijana Radivojević & Ubaldo Garibaldi, 2015. "Wealth distribution and the Lorenz curve: a finitary approach," Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Springer;Society for Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, vol. 10(1), pages 79-89, April.
    2. Chang, Andrew C. & Li, Phillip & Martin, Shawn M., 2017. "Comparing Cross-Country Estimates of Lorenz Curves Using a Dirichlet Distribution Across Estimators and Datasets," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2017-062, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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    Income distribution Lorenz plot;

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