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The Policy Significance of Inequality Decompositions

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  • Kanbur, Ravi

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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Paper provided by Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management in its series Working Papers with number 127237.

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Date of creation: Aug 2003
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