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Some reflections on the social welfare bases of the measurement of global income inequality

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  • Andrea Brandolini

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  • Francesca Carta

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This paper examines the social welfare bases of the measurement of income inequality among the inhabitants of the world. We develop a general family of global inequality indices which encompasses different concepts of global equity, from the cosmopolitan to the nationalist view. The analysis also provides an interpretation of the EU-wide inequality measures adopted in European statistics.

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  • Andrea Brandolini & Francesca Carta, 2016. "Some reflections on the social welfare bases of the measurement of global income inequality," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1070, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    1. Martin Ravallion, 2017. "Global Inequality when Unequal Countries Create Unequal People," NBER Working Papers 24177, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Milanovic Branko & Roemer John E., 2016. "Interaction of Global and National Income Inequalities," Journal of Globalization and Development, De Gruyter, vol. 7(1), pages 109-115, June.
    3. Martin Ravallion, 2017. "Inequality and globalization: A review essay," Working Papers 435, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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    Keywords

    global income inequality; global social welfare; European Union inequality.;

    JEL classification:

    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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