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Abstract:

CASE Paper
Income Poverty, Affluence and Polarisation Viewed From The Median
Rolf Aaberge, A.B. Atkinson and Henrik Sigstad
December 2015
Paper No' CASE/194:
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JEL Classification: I31


Tags: poverty; inequality; polarisation; affluence

The present paper brings together different features of the distribution of income – poverty, affluence and dispersion – in a single framework that allows ready comparisons across countries. We believe that such a unified framework contributes both to the policy debate and to the theoretical understanding of inequality. There are at present largely separate literatures on the measurement of poverty, and (to a limited degree) affluence, and on bi-polariszation. In relation to the EU social indicators, the paper may be seen as providing complementary information.