On the Decomposition of the Foster and Wolfson Bi‐Polarization Index by Income Sources

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Elena Bárcena‐Martin

University of Malaga

Joseph Deutsch

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics

Jacques Silber

Bar-Ilan University

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

This paper proposes a simple algorithm based on a matrix formulation to compute the Foster and Wolfson bipolarization index and then to decompose it by income sources. An empirical illustration based on EU‐SILC data for the years 2007 and 2014 shows the usefulness of the proposed decomposition.

Keywords: bipolarization, decomposition by income sources, EU‐SILC, Foster and Wolfson index

Suggested Citation

Bárcena‐Martin, Elena and Deutsch, Joseph and Silber, Jacques, On the Decomposition of the Foster and Wolfson Bi‐Polarization Index by Income Sources (December 2018). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 64, Issue 4, pp. 853-871, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3285392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12319

Elena Bárcena‐Martin (Contact Author)

University of Malaga

Malaga, Málaga 29004
Spain

Joseph Deutsch

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
+972.5.318.3457 (Phone)
+972.3.535.3180 (Fax)

Jacques Silber

Bar-Ilan University ( email )

Ramat Gan
Ramat Gan, 52900
Israel

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