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The policy significance of inequality decompositions

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  • Ravi Kanbur

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Economists are now familiar with “between” and “within” group inequality decompositions, for race, gender, spatial units, etc. But what exactly is the normative significance of the empirical results produced by these decompositions? This paper raises some basic questions about policy interpretations of decompositions that are found in the literature.
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  • Ravi Kanbur, 2006. "The policy significance of inequality decompositions," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 4(3), pages 367-374, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:4:y:2006:i:3:p:367-374
    DOI: 10.1007/s10888-005-9013-5
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    Keywords

    groups; identity; inequality decomposition; policy; D31; D63;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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