Extensions of a Measure of Polarization , with an application to the income distribution of five OECD countries

  title={Extensions of a Measure of Polarization , with an application to the income distribution of five OECD countries},
  author={Joan Esteban and Carlos Gradin and Debraj Ray and Maxwell},
We introduce an extension of the Esteban and Ray [Econometrica, 1994] measure of polarization that can be applied to density functions. As a by-product we also derive the Wolfson [AER, 1994] measure as a special case. This derivation has the virtue of casting both measures in the context of a (statistically) unified framework. We study the polarization of the distribution of household income for five OECD countries (LIS database): US, UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden. 
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