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Thinking about Inequality : Personal Judgment and Income Distributions - Yoram Amiel

Thinking about Inequality

Personal Judgment and Income Distributions

Paperback Published: 7th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521466967
Number Of Pages: 196

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What is inequality? In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the subject that has yielded a substantial body of formal tools and results for income-distribution analysis. Nearly all of this is founded on a small set of core assumptions - such as the Principle of Transfers, scale independence, the population principle - that are used to give meaning to specific concepts of inequality measurement, inequality ranking and, indeed, to inequality itself. But does the standard axiomatic structure coincide with public perceptions of inequality? Or is the economist's concept of inequality a thing apart, perpetuated through serial brainwashing in the way the subject is studied and taught? Amiel and Cowell examine the evidence from a large international questionnaire experiment using student respondents. Along with basic 'cake-sharing' issues, related questions involving social-welfare rankings, the relationship between inequality and overall income growth and the meaning of poverty comparisons are considered.

' ... provides a neat and comprehensible introduction to the principles of the modern approach to inequality measurement.' Economic Journal

Preface
Introduction
What is inequality? The economistsÆ view
An investigative strategy
What is inequality? The studentsÆ view
Income and welfare
Income change
Poverty
A Cross-cultural perspective
Thinking agian about inequality
Inequality analysis: A summary of results
The questionnaires
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ISBN: 9780521466967
ISBN-10: 0521466962
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 7th February 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.32