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On the Measurement of Polarisation:A questionnaire study

Yoram Amiel, Frank Cowell () and Xavi Ramos ()

STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers from Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE

Abstract: Starting from the axiomatisation of polarisation contained in Esteban and Ray (1994)and Chakravarty and Majumdar (2001) we investigate whether people's perceptionsof income polarisation is consistent with the key axioms. This is carried out using aquestionnaire-experimental approach that combines both paper questionnaires and onlineinteractive techniques. The responses suggest that important axioms which serveto differentiate polarisation from inequality - e.g. increased bipolarisation - as well asother distinctive features of polarisation, i.e. the non-monotonous behaviour attributedto polarisation, are not widely accepted.

Keywords: polarisation; income distribution; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2007-03
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