Inequality Comparisons with Ordinal Data
22 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2019
Non-intersection of appropriately-defined Generalized Lorenz (GL) curves is equivalent to a unanimous ranking of distributions of ordinal data by all Cowell and Flachaire (Economica 2017) indices of inequality and by a new index based on GL curve areas. Comparisons of life satisfaction distributions for six countries reveal a substantial number of unanimous inequality rankings.
Keywords: inequality, ordinal data, subjective well-being, life satisfaction, World Values Survey
JEL Classification: D31, D63, I31
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