An extension of a measure of polarization, with an application to the income distribution of five OECD countries

Joan Esteban, Carlos Gradín, Debraj Ray

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    Abstract

    We introduce an extension of the Esteban and Ray [Econometrica, 62:819-851 1994] measure of polarization that can be applied to density functions. As a by-product we also derive the Wolfson [Am. Econ. Rev., 84:353-358 1994] measure as a special case. This derivation has the virtue of casting both measures in the context of a (statistically) unified framework. We study the polarization of the distribution of household income for five OECD countries (LIS database): US, UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Economic Inequality
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2007

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    Density function
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    Germany

    Keywords

    • Income distribution
    • Inequality
    • Polarization

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    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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    An extension of a measure of polarization, with an application to the income distribution of five OECD countries. / Esteban, Joan; Gradín, Carlos; Ray, Debraj.

    In: Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 5, No. 1, 04.2007, p. 1-19.

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