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Inequality and envy

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  • Cowell, Frank
  • Ebert, U

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Using a simple axiomatic structure we characterise two classes of inequality indices - absolute and relative - that take into account “envy” in the income distribution. The concept of envy incorporated here concerns the distance of each person’s income from his or her immediately richer neighbour. This is shown to be similar to justice concepts based on income relativities.

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  • Cowell, Frank & Ebert, U, 2006. "Inequality and envy," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 2689, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:2689
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    Keywords

    Inequality; envy; transfer principle;

    JEL classification:

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

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