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Axiomatic measurement of multidimensional well-being inequality: Some distributional questions

  • Croci Angelini, Elisabetta
  • Michelangeli, Alessandra

This paper focuses on two main issues which are crucial for improving on the analysis of multidimensional inequality: the effect of both the dispersion of well-being attributes across individuals and the interaction among attributes on the measurement of multidimensional well-being. To approach these distributional questions we rely on the Atkinson, Kolm, Sen (hereafter AKS) methodology, which defines a multidimensional inequality index consistent with the Pigou–Dalton principle. This index can be decomposed into univariate indexes belonging to the class of AKS indexes, and a residual term accounting for the interaction across dimensions. The empirical application investigates the evolution of inequality in well-being across some EU countries between 1994 and 2001.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 548-557

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