Extensions of a Measure of Polarization with an Application to the Income Distribution of Five OECD Countries
Joan Esteban (),
Carlos Gradin () and
Debraj Ray ()
No 218, LIS Working papers from LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg
We introduce an extension of the Esteban and Ray [Econometrica, 1994] measure of polarization that can be applied to density functions. As a by-product we also derive the Wolfson [AER, 1994] measure as a special case. This derivation has the virtue of casting both measures in the context of a (statistically) unified framework. We study the polarization of the distribution of household income for five OECD countries (LIS database): US, UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden.
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