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A Gini Coefficient for Measuring Relative Distributional Inequality in a Collection of Distributions: A Note


  • Gordon Anderson


In many situations a collection of distributions need to be compared and contrasted. International comparisons of all kinds, be it health, wealth, education, income etc. are essentially about comparing aspects of their respective distributions of those variates of interest. The convergence-polarization and equality of opportunity literatures are similarly concerned with comparing collections of distributions. An aid to such comparisons would be some measure of the extent to which those distributions are collectively different. Here a Gini-like coefficient recording the extent of relative distributional inequality of a collection of (potentially multivariate) distributions is proposed.

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  • Gordon Anderson, 2018. "A Gini Coefficient for Measuring Relative Distributional Inequality in a Collection of Distributions: A Note," Working Papers tecipa-621, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-621

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    Gini Coefficient; Distributional Inequality;

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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