On Analyzing the World Distribution of Income

Posted: 22 Feb 2010

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Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Consideration of world inequality should cause reexamination of the key concepts underlying the welfare approach to measuring income inequality and its relation to measuring poverty. This reexamination leads to exploration of a new measure that allows poverty and inequality to be considered in the same framework, incorporates different approaches to measuring inequality, and allows varied expressions of the cost of inequality. Applied to the world distribution of income for 1820-1992, the new measure provides different perspectives on the evolution of global inequality.

Keywords: D31, C80

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Anthony B. and Brandolini, Andrea, On Analyzing the World Distribution of Income (2010). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp. 1-37, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1556151 or http://dx.doi.org/lhp020

Anthony B. Atkinson (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy ( email )

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