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Distributional Limits and GINI Coefficient

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  • Van de Ven, J.

This paper examines the Gini (1912) coefficient of concentration using the framework set out by Dalton (1920) for evaluating a measure of inequality. Particular attention is paid to limited distributions and the associated concept of 'perfect inequality'. It is argued that a rescaled version of the Gini coefficient may be desirable for distributions that are subject to limits which depart from the standard assumption of non-negativity. A scaling parameter is derived and the rescaled Ginin coefficient is used to analyse the inequality of wealth in Australia.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 776.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2001
Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:776
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