Distributional Orderings and the Transfer Principle: A Re-Examination (Now Published in Research in Economic Inequality, Vol.8 (1998), Pp.195-215)

Posted: 21 Feb 2008

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Yoram Amiel

Ruppin Academic Center - Department of Economics and Management

Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

We examine the specification and interpretation of the transfer principle in analysing income distributions. The early work by Pigou and Dalton on this topic left open the possibility of a variety of specifications and interpretation of the principle. The modern development of the theory since Atkinson (1970) and Kolm (1969) has focused on one particular implementation. We demonstrate that this may be inappropriate in the light of the way that people appear to perceive inequalities in income distribitions.

Suggested Citation

Amiel, Yoram and Cowell, Frank A., Distributional Orderings and the Transfer Principle: A Re-Examination (Now Published in Research in Economic Inequality, Vol.8 (1998), Pp.195-215) (January 1996). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. 14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094739

Yoram Amiel (Contact Author)

Ruppin Academic Center - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

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Frank A. Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) ( email )

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