Complaints and Inequality

27 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2008

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Frank Cowell

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

Udo Ebert

University of Oldenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics

Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

Temkin (1986,1993) sets out a philosophical basis for the analysis of income inequality that provides an important alternative to the mainstream welfarist approach. We show that the Temkin principles can be characterised by a parsimonious axiomatic structure and we use this structure to derive a new class of inequality indices and an inequality ordering. This class of indices has a family relationship to well-known measures of inequality, deprivation and poverty. The ordering is shown to have properties analogous to second-order dominance results.

Suggested Citation

Cowell, Frank A. and Ebert, Udo, Complaints and Inequality (March 2002). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. 61. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094845

Frank A. Cowell (Contact Author)

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

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Udo Ebert

University of Oldenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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