Multidimensional Inequality Measurement

Instructor: Suman Seth, OPHI Researcher

Class Objectives:

  • Conceptual Issue: Why multidimensional inequality
  • Different forms of multidimensional inequality
    • Distribution sensitive inequality
    • Association sensitive inequality
  • Classes of inequality indices satisfying different form

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Reading List
Suggested basic readings on this topic:
LUGO, M. A. (2005): “Comparing Multidimensional Indices of Inequality: Methods and Application”, ECINEQ Working Paper Series 2005 – 14.
SAVAGLIO, E (2006): “Three Approaches to the Analysis of Multidimensional Inequality”, in F. Farina and E. Savaglio (eds.) Inequality and Economic Integration. New York: Routledge.
WEYMARK, J. A. (2006): “The Normative Approach to the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality” in F. Farina and E. Savaglio (eds.) Inequality and Economic Integration. New York: Routledge.

Further readings:

ATKINSON, A. B., and F. BOURGUIGNON. (1982): “The Comparison of Multi-dimensioned Distributions of Economic Status”, Review of Economic Studies. 49: 183–201.
DECANCQ, K. and M. LUGO. (2008): “Measuring Inequality of Well-Being: A Proposal Based on a Multidimensional Gini Index”. Mimeo.
GAJDOS, T. and J.A. WEYMARK. (2005): “Multidimensional Generalized Gini Indices”, Economic Theory. 26(3): 471–496.
KOLM, S.-C. (1977): “Multidimensional Equalitarianisms”, Quarterly Journal of Economics. 91(1): 1–3.
MAASOUMI, E. (1986): “The Measurement and Decomposition of Multi-Dimensional Inequality”, Econometrica. 54(4): 991–997.
TSUI, K.-Y. (1995): “Multidimensional Generalizations of the Relative and Absolute Inequality Indices: The Atkinson-Kolm-Sen Approach”, Journal of Economic Theory. 67: 251–265.
TSUI, K.-Y. (1999): “Multidimensional Inequality and Multidimensional Generalized Entropy Measures: An Axiomatic Derivation”, The American Economic Review. 84(2): 232–237.