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The Evolution of World Inequality in Well-being

  • Decancq, Koen
  • Decoster, André
  • Schokkaert, Erik

Summary In this paper, we use the tools offered by the recent literature on multidimensional inequality measurement to investigate the evolution of the inequality in well-being across different countries during 1975-2000. We focus on three important dimensions of life: standard of living, health, and education. Inequality in the three dimensions shows a different trend during 1975-2000. We propose a flexible measure of well-being to quantify the evolution of overall intercountry well-being inequality. The empirical results are sensitive to different normative choices on the trade-offs between the different dimensions. Especially the concave transformation of income turns out to be decisive for the evolution of world inequality in well-being.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 11-25

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