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New unit-consistent intermediate inequality indices

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  • Coral Río
  • Olga Alonso-Villar

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This paper introduces a class of intermediate inequality indices, I(?, ?), that is at the same time ray-invariant and unit-consistent. These measures permit us to keep some of the good properties of Krtscha’s (1994) index while keeping the same “centrist” attitude whatever the income increase is. In doing so, we approach the intermediate inequality concept suggested by Del Río and Ruiz-Castillo (2000) and generalize it in order to extend the range of income distributions which are comparable according to the ray-invariance criterion..
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  • Coral Río & Olga Alonso-Villar, 2010. "New unit-consistent intermediate inequality indices," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 42(3), pages 505-521, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:42:y:2010:i:3:p:505-521
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-008-0402-4
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    Keywords

    Income distribution; Intermediate inequality indices; Unit-consistency; Ray-invariance; D63;
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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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