Concept of Income Distribution and Indexes and Methods for Measuring Income Inequality
In this chapter, some basic concepts useful in studying income distribution are analyzed, such as income distribution, income inequality, and polarization. In addition, a great body of this chapter is also devoted to discussing some indexes and formulas, Gini Coefficient, and several distribution functions in particular, which are mainly employed to measure income inequality and polarization.
KeywordsIncome Inequality Income Distribution Income Group Gini Coefficient Average Income
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