Ethical Social Index Numbers

  • Satya R. Chakravarty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 270-309

About this book


In this book we are concerned with income profile based ethical social index numbers. An ethical index is designed from an explicit social evaluation function with a specific purpose in mind. For example, an ethical relative inequality index determines the fraction of total income that could be saved without any welfare loss if society distri­ buted incomes equally. Ethical indices contrast with descriptive indices which are de­ rived without using any concept of social welfare. Needless to say, ethical indices are not meant to supplant descriptive indices, rather they are constructed with different aims. We begin Chapter 1 with a formal discussion on the concept of a social evaluation function. In the main body of this chapter we consider the problem of ranking income profiles using a social evaluation function. In Chapter 2 we set about analyzing alter­ native approaches to the measurement of inequality. In Chapter 3 we focus our attention on the Gini index, the most frequently used index of inequality, and its extensions. In Chapter 4 we formulate the notion of an ethical distance function that measures welfare of one population relative to another. Chapter 5 is devoted to quantifications and discussions of alternative definitions of relative deprivation put forward by Runci­ man(1966).


Armut Einkommensverteilung Wohlfahrtstheorie development distribution income distribution inequality mobility poverty welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Satya R. Chakravarty
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Wirtschaftstheorie und ORUniversität KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Economic Research UnitIndian Statistical InstituteCalcuttaIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75504-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75502-6
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