A Model of Personal Income Distribution with Application to Italian Data

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Fabio Clementi

Università degli studi di Macerata

Mauro Gallegati

Polytechnic University of Marche - Faculty of Economics

Giorgio Kaniadakis

Polytecnico di Torino

Date Written: June 17, 2009

Abstract

This article proposes the k-generalized distribution as a descriptive model for the distribution and dispersion of income within a population based on the deformed exponential and logarithm functions recently introduced by Kaniadakis (Phys A 296:405–425, 2001; Phys Rev E 66:056125, 2002; Phys Rev E 72:036108, 2005). Expressions are reported which facilitate the analysis of the associated moments and various tools for the measurement of inequality. An empirical application, including a comparison of alternative distributions, is made to household income data in Italy for the years 1989 to 2006.

Keywords: income distribution, income inequality, k-generalized distribution

JEL Classification: C16, D31

Suggested Citation

Clementi, Fabio and Gallegati, Mauro and Kaniadakis, Giorgio, A Model of Personal Income Distribution with Application to Italian Data (June 17, 2009). Empirical Economics, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260242

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Mauro Gallegati

Polytechnic University of Marche - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Giorgio Kaniadakis

Polytecnico di Torino ( email )

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Torino, 10129
Italy

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