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Inequality decomposition values: the trade-off between marginality and efficiency

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  • Frédéric Chantreuil

    (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Alain Trannoy

    (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille)

This paper presents a general procedure for decomposing income inequality measures by income sources. The methods of decomposition proposed are based on the Shapley value and extensions of the Shapley value of transferable utility cooperative games. In particular, we find that Owen's value can find an interesting application in this context.We show that the axiomatization by the potential of Hart and Mas-Colell remains valid in the presence of the domain restriction of inequality indices. We also examine the properties of these decomposition rules and perform a comparison with Shorrocks' decomposition rule properties.

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Date of creation: Mar 2013
Publication status: Published in The Journal of Economic Inequality, 2013, 11 (1), pp.83-98. 〈10.1007/s10888-011-9207-y〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00733401
DOI: 10.1007/s10888-011-9207-y
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