Journal Article
No. 2012-28 | July 17, 2012
Country Inequality Rankings and Conversion Schemes


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.

JEL Classification:

D31, D63, I32



Cite As

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.

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