Deprivation, the Gini index of inequality and the flatness of an income distribution

Z. M. Berrebi, Jacques Silber

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Abstract

This paper shows that by dividing the population into two subgroups of equal size, called respectively the 'rich' and the 'poor' it is possible to derive from the Gini Index of Income Inequality a new measure of the sharpness (Kurtosis) of a Distribution. Illustrations of the computation of this Index for the uniform, normal, lognormal, Gamma and Pareto distributions are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalMathematical Social Sciences
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1989

Keywords

  • Deprivation
  • Gini Index
  • Inequality
  • Kurtosis

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