Laval University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Ministere de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie - Direction de la Prevision
CIRPEE Working Paper No. 03-41
This note provides simple tests for first-order bi-polarization orderings of distributions of living standards. In doing so, the paper also offers an ethical basis and an interpretation for the common use of some simple measures of distances from the median. Illustrations using Luxembourg Income Study data show that several countries can be ranked by such tests of bi-polarization.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Polarization, inequality, stochastic dominance, relative poverty
JEL Classification: D31, D63, I32working papers series
Date posted: November 8, 2003
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