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Assessing inequality using percentile shares

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  • Ben Jann

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At least since Thomas Piketty's best-selling "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" (2014, Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press), percentile shares have become a popular approach for analyzing distributional inequalities. In their work on the development of top incomes, Piketty and collaborators typically report top-percentage shares, using varying percentages as thresholds (top 10%, top 1%, top 0.1%, etc.). However, analysis of percentile shares at other positions in the distribution may also be of interest. In this paper I present a new Stata command called -pshare- that estimates percentile shares from individual-level data and displays the results using histograms or stacked bar charts. A shorter version of this paper has been published in The Stata Journal 16(2): 264-300 (see: http://www.stata-journal.com/article.html?article=st0432).

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File URL: http://repec.sowi.unibe.ch/files/wp13/jann-2015-pshare.pdf
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Paper provided by University of Bern, Department of Social Sciences in its series University of Bern Social Sciences Working Papers with number 13.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 12 Aug 2015
Date of revision: 27 Oct 2016
Handle: RePEc:bss:wpaper:13
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  1. Stephen P. Jenkins, 1999. "Analysis of income distributions," Stata Technical Bulletin, StataCorp LP, vol. 8(48).
  2. Anthony B. Atkinson & Thomas Piketty & Emmanuel Saez, 2011. "Top Incomes in the Long Run of History," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 49(1), pages 3-71, March.
  3. Thomas Piketty & Emmanuel Saez, 2014. "Inequality in the long run," PSE - Labex "OSE-Ouvrir la Science Economique" halshs-01053609, HAL.
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