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On multidimensional inequality with variable distribution mean

  • Ernesto Savaglio

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    We compare alternative populations of individuals, who differ for many characteristics besides income, in terms of inequality. In order to achieve our aim, we extend the notion of Generalized Lorenz Preorder to a context of multivariate distributions with different marginals. Finally, we show, by using convex analysis, that some conditions, relevant in the analysis of multidimensional inequality, are equivalent to the ordering we introduced

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Siena in its series Department of Economics University of Siena with number 522.

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