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Complaints and inequality

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  • Frank Cowell
  • Udo Ebert

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Temkin (1986, 1993) set out a philosophical basis for the analysis of income inequality that provides an important alternative to the mainstream welfarist approach. We show that the Temkin principles can be characterised by a parsimonious axiomatic structure and we use this structure to derive a new class of inequality indices and an inequality ordering. This class of indices has a family relationship to well-known measures of inequality, deprivation and poverty. The ordering is shown to have properties analogous to second-order dominance results. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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  • Frank Cowell & Udo Ebert, 2004. "Complaints and inequality," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 23(1), pages 71-89, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:23:y:2004:i:1:p:71-89
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-003-0237-7
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