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Multidimensional Decomposition of the Sen Index: Some Further Thoughts

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  • Stéphane Mussard

    () (GREDI, Université de Sherbrooke and GEREM, Université de Perpignan)

  • Kuan Xu

    () (Department of Economics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Abstract

Given the multiplicative decomposition of the Sen index into three commonly used poverty statistics – the poverty rate (poverty incidence), poverty gap ratio (poverty depth) and 1 plus the Gini index of poverty gap ratios of the poor (inequality of poverty) – the index becomes much easier to use and to interpret for economists, policy analysts and decision makers. Based on the recent findings on simultaneous subgroup and source decomposition of the Gini index, we examine possible further decompositions of the Sen index and its components for policy analysis.

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  • Stéphane Mussard & Kuan Xu, 2006. "Multidimensional Decomposition of the Sen Index: Some Further Thoughts," Cahiers de recherche 06-08, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke.
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    Keywords

    Gini index; Sen index; Source decomposition; Subgroup decomposition;
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    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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