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Statistical assessment of regional wealth inequalities: the Italian case

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  • Roy Cerqueti

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  • Marcel Ausloos

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This paper discusses region wealth size distributions, through their member cities aggregated tax income. As an illustration, the official data of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance has been considered, for all Italian municipalities, over the period 2007–2011. Yearly data of the aggregated tax income is transformed into a few indicators: the Gini, Theil, and Herfindahl–Hirschman indices. On one hand, the relative interest of each index is discussed. On the other hand, numerical results confirm that Italy is divided into very different regional realities, a few which are specifically outlined. This shows the interest of transforming data in an adequate manner and of comparing such indices. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Roy Cerqueti & Marcel Ausloos, 2015. "Statistical assessment of regional wealth inequalities: the Italian case," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 49(6), pages 2307-2323, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:49:y:2015:i:6:p:2307-2323
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-014-0111-y
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    1. Chiara Mussida & Maria Laura Parisi, 2016. "The effect of economic crisis on regional income inequality in Italy," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1614, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    2. Marcel Ausloos & Roy Cerqueti, 2016. "Studies on Regional Wealth Inequalities: the case of Italy," Papers 1602.05356, arXiv.org.

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