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Thinking about Inequality

Thinking about Inequality
Personal Judgment and Income Distributions

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  • Date Published: January 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466967

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  • What is inequality? In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the subject that has yielded a substantial body of formal tools and results for income-distribution analysis. But does the standard axiomatic structure coincide with public perceptions of inequality? Or is the economist's concept of inequality a thing apart, perpetuated through serial brainwashing in the way the subject is studied and taught? Amiel and Cowell examine the evidence from a large international questionnaire experiment using student respondents. Along with basic "cake-sharing" issues, related questions involving social-welfare rankings, the relationship between inequality and overall income growth and the meaning of poverty comparisons are considered.

    • A major study presenting important, original, and accesible research on a subject of immense topicality and international appeal
    • Designed for adoption on undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as for use by professionals
    • Contains advances in welfare economics and the economics of inequality
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    ' … provides a neat and comprehensible introduction to the principles of the modern approach to inequality measurement.' Economic Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466967
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 52 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. What is inequality? The economists' view
    3. An investigative strategy
    4. What is inequality? The students' view
    5. Income and welfare
    6. Income change
    7. Poverty
    8. A Cross-cultural perspective
    9. Thinking agian about inequality
    A. Inequality analysis: a summary of results
    B. The questionnaires.

  • Authors

    Yoram Amiel, Ruppin Institute, Israel

    Frank Cowell, London School of Economics and Political Science

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