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The ‘extended’ Atkinson family and changes in the expenditure distribution. Spain 1973/74-2003

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  • Francisco J. Goerlich-Gisbert

    (University of Valencia)

  • Casilda Lasso de la Vega

    (University of Basque Country)

  • Ana Marta Urrutia

    (University of Basque Country)

Abstract

This paper emphasizes the properties of a family of inequality measures which extends the Atkinson indices and is axiomatically characterized by a multiplicative decomposition property where the withingroup component is a generalized weighted mean with weights summing exactly to 1. This family contains canonical forms of all aggregative inequality measures, each bounded above by 1, has a useful and intuitive geometric interpretation and provides an alternative dominance criterion for ordering distributions in terms of inequality. Taking the Spanish Household Budget Surveys (HBS) for 1973/74, 1980/81, and 1990/91 and the more recent Continuous HBS for 2003, we show the advantages and possibilities of this extended family in regard to completing and detailing information in studies of inequality focussing on the tails of the distribution and on the changes in the distribution when the population is partitioned into population subgroups.

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  • Francisco J. Goerlich-Gisbert & Casilda Lasso de la Vega & Ana Marta Urrutia, 2009. "The ‘extended’ Atkinson family and changes in the expenditure distribution. Spain 1973/74-2003," Journal of Income Distribution, Ad libros publications inc., vol. 18(1), pages 20-41, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2009:v:18:i:1:p:20-41
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    inequality measurement; Atkinson indices;

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