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Measures of Deprivation and their Meaning in Terms of Social Satisfaction

  • Chakravarty, S.R.
  • Mukherjee, D.

This paper proposes relative and absolute measures of deprivation using social satisfaction functions. The relative (absolute) measure gives us the amount by which social satisfaction can be increased in proportional (absolute) terms by redistributing incomes equally. We also demonstrate the existence of a relationship between summary indices of deprivation (including the Gini coefficient, the maximin index, the coefficient of variation and their absolute counterparts) and social satisfaction.

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Paper provided by DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure) in its series DELTA Working Papers with number 98-17.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Publication status: Published in Theory and Decision, 1999, 47, pp. 89-101
Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:98-17
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