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Inequality comparisons when the populations differ in size

Aboudi, Ronny and Thon, Dominique and Wallace, Stein W (2010) Inequality comparisons when the populations differ in size. Journal of Economic Inequality, 8 (1). pp. 47-70. ISSN 1569-1721

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This paper considers the problem of comparing two income distributions with different numbers of income recipients. The approach eschews the “replication of populations” of Dalton’s Population Principle which has been a fixture of the literature on income inequality since its inception. We start from a preorder which is a generalization of majorization, construct the “better-than” set and characterize the order-preserving welfare functions in a unified framework. The fixed population case falls off as a particular case.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Inequality
Uncontrolled Keywords: Income inequality ; Lorenz dominance ; Majorization ; Population axiom
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 45543
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 03:12
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