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Samling Errors and Cross-Country Comparisons of Income Inequality

The growing interest in cross-national comparisons of income inequality is primarily a result of the establishment of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) database and the wide range of studies on income inequality based on LIS data. These studies suffer, however, from a major weakness since sampling errors neither are reported nor taken into account when nations are ranked according to estimates of the Gini coefficient or some alternative measure of inequality. This paper discusses the impact of accounting for sampling error when making comparisons of income inequality across nations.

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Paper provided by Statistics Norway, Research Department in its series Discussion Papers with number 252.

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  1. Aaberge, Rolf, 1997. "Interpretation of changes in rank-dependent measures of inequality," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 215-219, August.
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