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Assessing inequality using percentile shares

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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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  • Ben Jann, 2015. "Assessing inequality using percentile shares," University of Bern Social Sciences Working Papers 13, University of Bern, Department of Social Sciences, revised 27 Oct 2016.
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    Keywords

    Stata; pshare; percentile shares; Lorenz curve; concentration curve; inequality; income distribution; wealth distribution; graphics;
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    JEL classification:

    • C87 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Econometric Software
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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