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Income Poverty, Affluence and Polarisation Viewed From The Median

Rolf Aaberge,  A.B. Atkinson,  Henrik Sigstad,  December 2015
Paper No' CASE/194: Full paper (pdf)
Paper copy now out of print.
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.