The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–19 | Cite as

An Extension of a Measure of Polarization, with an application to the income distribution of five OECD countries

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Abstract

We introduce an extension of the Esteban and Ray [Econometrica, 62:819–851 1994] measure of polarization that can be applied to density functions. As a by-product we also derive the Wolfson [Am. Econ. Rev., 84:353–358 1994] measure as a special case. This derivation has the virtue of casting both measures in the context of a (statistically) unified framework. We study the polarization of the distribution of household income for five OECD countries (LIS database): US, UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

Key words

income distribution inequality polarization 

JEL classification

D31 D63 I32 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut d’Analisi Económica, CSICBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Universidade de VigoVigoSpain
  3. 3.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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