Estimation of Generalized Entropy and Atkinson Inequality Indices from Complex Survey Data

10 Pages Posted: 6 May 2003

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Martin Biewen

University of Tuebingen; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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)

Date Written: April 2003

Abstract

Applying a method suggested by Woodruff (1971), we derive the sampling variances of Generalized Entropy and Atkinson inequality indices when estimated from complex survey data. It turns out that this method also greatly simplifies the calculations for the i.i.d. case when compared to previous derivations in the literature. Both cases are illustrated with examples from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study and the British Household Panel Survey.

Keywords: Inequality, Statistical Inference, Complex Surveys

JEL Classification: C14, D31

Suggested Citation

Biewen, Martin and Jenkins, Stephen P., Estimation of Generalized Entropy and Atkinson Inequality Indices from Complex Survey Data (April 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=403920

Martin Biewen (Contact Author)

University of Tuebingen ( email )

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Germany

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Bonn, D-53072
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Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration ( email )

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London, England WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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