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Proximity-Sensitive Individual Deprivation Measures

  • Walter Bossert
  • Conchita D'Ambrosio

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 to 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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Paper provided by Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 19-2012.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montec:19-2012
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