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My group beats your group: evaluating non-income inequalities

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This paper proposes a new methodology, the Domination Index, to evaluate non-income inequalities between social groups such as inequalities of educational attainment, occupational status, health or subjective well-being. The Domination Index does not require specic cardinalisation assumptions, but only uses the ordinal structure of these non-income variables. We approach from an axiomatic perspective and show that a set of desirable properties for a group inequality measure when the variable of interest is ordinal, characterizes the Domination Index up to a positive scalar transformation. Moreover we make use of the Domination Index to explore the relation between inequality and segregation and show how these two concepts are related theoretically.
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Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of St Andrews
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2013

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NameSchool of Economics & Finance Discussion Paper
No.1308
ISSN (Print)0962-4031
ISSN (Electronic)2055-303X

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  • Between-group, Inequality, Social Inequality, Segregation, Inequality measurement

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