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Measuring inequality in the presence of intra-household correlation

  • Martin Biewen

This note develops a method for computing confidence intervals for estimates of decomposable inequality indices when the sample is characterized by contemporaneous dependence across members of the same household. This is particularly relevant in the context of measuring inequality among wage earners. An application to the German wage distribution shows that the error made by not taking into account intra-household correlation is probably small in practical applications.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 9 (2002)
Issue (Month): 15 ()
Pages: 1003-1006

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