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Abstract:

DARP Paper
The Class of Absolute Decomposable Inequality Measures
Kristof Bosmans and Frank A Cowell
February 2009
Paper No' DARP 099:
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JEL Classification: D63; H20; H21


Tags: inequality measures; decomposability; translation invariance

We provide a parsimonious axiomatisation of the complete class of absolute nequality indices. Our approach uses only a weak form of decomposability and does not require a priori that the measures be differentiable.