Inequality Comparisons with Ordinal Data

22 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2019

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Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Jenkins, Stephen P., Inequality Comparisons with Ordinal Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12811, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3503761

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