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Title
The relativity of decreasing inequality between countries
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Abstract
We study the evolution of population-weighted between-country inequality in the period 19802009. Whereas previous studies almost exclusively focused on relative inequality measures, we consider relative, absolute and intermediate versions of the Lorenz dominance criterion and of the S-Gini and generalized entropy classes of inequality measures. The analysis yields robust evidence for increasing absolute inequality. Moreover, this conclusion is preserved for intermediate views substantially in the direction of the relative view. In contrast, robust evidence for decreasing inequalitybe it relative, absolute or intermediate is virtually absent. These findings challenge the widely accepted claim of decreasing between-country inequality.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Economica / London School of Economics and Political Science. - London
Publication
London : 2014
ISSN
0013-0427 [print]
1468-0335 [online]
Volume/pages
81:322(2014), p. 276-292
ISI
000332599000006
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 28.04.2014
Last edited 11.12.2017
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