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Abstract:

DARP Paper
Complaints and Inequality, (published in Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 23, (2004), pp. 71-89.
Frank A Cowell and Udo Ebert
March 2002
Paper No' DARP 061:
Full Paper (pdf)

Tags: inquality; complaints; transfer principle.

Temkin (1986,1993) sets out a philosophical basis for the analysis of income inequality that provides an important alternative to the mainstream welfarist approach. We show that the Temkin principles can be characterised by a parsimonious axiomatic structure and we use this structure to derive a new class of inequality indices and an inequality ordering. This class of indices has a family relationship to well-known measures of inequality, deprivation and poverty. The ordering is shown to have properties analogous to second-order dominance results.