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Extensions of a Measure of Polarization with an Application to the Income Distribution of Five OECD Countries

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  • Joan Esteban

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  • Carlos Gradin

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  • Debraj Ray

We introduce an extension of the Esteban and Ray [Econometrica, 1994] measure of polarization that can be applied to density functions. As a by-product we also derive the Wolfson [AER, 1994] measure as a special case. This derivation has the virtue of casting both measures in the context of a (statistically) unified framework. We study the polarization of the distribution of household income for five OECD countries (LIS database): US, UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

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Paper provided by LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg in its series LIS Working papers with number 218.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Nov 1999
Handle: RePEc:lis:liswps:218
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