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Proximity-Sensitive Individual Deprivation Measures


  • Walter Bossert

    () (Department of Economics and CIREQ, University of Montreal, Canada)

  • Conhita D’Ambrosio

    () (Università di Milano-Bicocca and Econpubblica, Italy Abstract)


We propose and characterize a generalization of the classical linear index of individual deprivation based on income shortfalls. Unlike the original measure, our class allows for increases in the income of a higher-income individual to have a stronger impact on a person’s deprivation the closer they occur the income of the individual whose deprivation is being assessed. The subclass of our measures with this property is axiomatized in our second result.

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  • Walter Bossert & Conhita D’Ambrosio, 2012. "Proximity-Sensitive Individual Deprivation Measures," Working Papers 283, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  • Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2012-283

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    Income distribution; relative deprivation; equity.;

    JEL classification:

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


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