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Ordinal Comparison of Multidimensional Deprivation: theory and application

  • Christoffer Sonne-Schmidt

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Finn Tarp

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Lars Peter Østerdal

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

This paper develops an ordinal method of comparison of multidimensional inequality. In our model, population distribution g is more unequal than f when the distributions have common median and can be obtained from f by one or more shifts in population density that increase inequality. For our benchmark 2x2 case (i.e. the case of two binary outcome variables), we derive an empirical method for making inequality comparisons. As an illustration, we apply the model to childhood poverty in Mozambique.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 08-33.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0833
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