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Sensitivity of Inequality Measures to Extreme Values

  • Frank A Cowell
  • Emmanuel Flachaire

We examine the sensitivity of estimates and inequality indices to extreme values, in the sense of their robustness properties and of their statistical performance. We establish that these measures are very sensitive to the properties of the income distribution. Estimation and inference can be dramatically affected, especially when the tail of the income distribution is heavy.

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Paper provided by Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE in its series STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers with number 60.

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Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cep:stidar:60
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