Title
The evolution of world inequality in well-being The evolution of world inequality in well-being
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
World development. - Oxford
Volume/pages
37(2009) :1 , p. 11-25
ISSN
0305-750X
ISI
000262273400002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Abstract
In this paper, we use the tools offered by the recent literature on multidimensional inequality measurement to investigate the evolution of the inequality in well-being across different countries during 19752000. We focus on three important dimensions of life: standard of living, health, and education. Inequality in the three dimensions shows a different trend during 19752000. We propose a flexible measure of well-being to quantify the evolution of overall intercountry well-being inequality. The empirical results are sensitive to different normative choices on the trade-offs between the different dimensions. Especially the concave transformation of income turns out to be decisive for the evolution of world inequality in well-being.
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