Title: To Each the Same and to Each his Own: A Proposal to Measure Responsibility-Sensitive Income Inequality
Authors: Devooght, Kurt # ×
Issue Date: May-2008
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin
Series Title: Economica vol:75 issue:128 pages:280-295
Abstract: This paper deals with the question of how to incorporate modern responsibility-catering egalitarianism into economic theory on the measurement of income inequality. I present a particular axiomatic expression of the main aspects of such egalitarianism. Then, to measure offensive inequality separately I construct a norm or reference income distribution based upon the axiomatic model to replace the perfectly equal income distribution that is used as norm by all common inequality measures. I defend the use of a particular measure of distributional change to determine the degree of offensive inequality, and apply the method to Belgian income data.
ISSN: 0013-0427
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
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