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A Dominance Criterion for Measuring Income Inequality from a Centrist View: The Case of Australia

Francisco Azpitarte () and Olga Alonso-Villar
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Francisco Azpitarte: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, http://melbourneinstitute.com/staff/far/default.html

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: This paper introduces a new Lorenz dominance criterion that allows ranking income distributions according to centrist measures à la Seidl and Pfingsten (1997). In doing so, it defines a-Lorenz curves by adapting the generalized Lorenz curves to this case. In addition, it provides an empirical illustration of these tools using Australian income data for the period 2001–2008. The results suggest that despite the reduction of relative inequality, inequality increased for most centrist value judgments.

Keywords: Income distribution; Lorenz dominance; intermediate inequality indices; Ray-invariance; Australia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-02
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