Journal Article

No. 2012-28 | July 17, 2012
Country Inequality Rankings and Conversion Schemes PDF Icon

Abstract

Two conversion schemes may be employed for assessing income inequality from household equivalent incomes: to weight household units by size or by needs. Using data from the Luxembourg Income Study, we show the sensitivity of country inequality rankings to conversion schemes and explain the finding by means of inequality decomposition. A bootstrap approach is implemented to test for statistical significance of our results.

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D31 D63 I32

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Carsten Schröder and Timm Bönke (2012). Country Inequality Rankings and Conversion Schemes. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 6 (2012-28): 1—44. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2012-28

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