European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 129–163 | Cite as

A Computational Concept for Normative Equity

  • T. Kämpke
  • R. Pestel
  • F.J. Radermacher


The relative poverty concept of the European Union leads to a new approach for measuring equity and inequity in societies. The approach results from a differential equation for a one-parametric class of Lorenz curves. These allow to express societal inequity in terms of a so-called equity parameter. This parameter is not only of statistical or other, large-scale descriptive nature but it relates individual welfare to overall equity. The paper deals with the mathematical aspects, fitting questions, empirical findings, consequences for the middle class and some consequences for future growth processes aiming at more global equity and a sustainable development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Kämpke
    • 1
  • R. Pestel
    • 2
  • F.J. Radermacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungsinstitut für anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung FAWUlmGermany
  2. 2.EU Commission, Information Society Directorate GeneralBrusselsBelgium

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