Some Reflections on the Social Welfare Bases of the Measurement of Global Income Inequality

26 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016

Date Written: July 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines the social welfare bases of the measurement of income inequality among the inhabitants of the world. We develop a general family of global inequality indices which encompasses different concepts of global equity, from the cosmopolitan to the nationalist view. The analysis also provides an interpretation of the EU-wide inequality measures adopted in European statistics.

Keywords: global income inequality, global social welfare, European Union inequality

JEL Classification: D3, D63

Suggested Citation

Brandolini, Andrea and Carta, Francesca, Some Reflections on the Social Welfare Bases of the Measurement of Global Income Inequality (July 21, 2016). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 1070. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2867417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2867417

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Francesca Carta

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