Equivalence of Scales and Inequality (Published in Income Inequality Measurement:From Theory to Practice, J Silber (Ed), Dewenter: Kluver (1999)

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Frank Cowell

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

Magda Mercader-Prats

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: April 1997

Abstract

Instead of Inequality analysis sometimes neglects the problem of allowing differences in people&apos's non-income characteristics in the comparison of income distribution, I would say, At the heart of any distributional analysis there is the problem of allowing for differences in people&apos's non-income characteristics. We examine the role of standard equivalence scales in distributional comparisons and the welfare implications of the basis for constructing equivalence scales. We consider the use of alternative approaches that do not require the specification of a single scale and implement one of these in a practical comparison of Spain and the UK.

Suggested Citation

Cowell, Frank A. and Mercader-Prats, Magda, Equivalence of Scales and Inequality (Published in Income Inequality Measurement:From Theory to Practice, J Silber (Ed), Dewenter: Kluver (1999) (April 1997). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. 27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094772

Frank A. Cowell (Contact Author)

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Magda Mercader-Prats

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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