Measuring Inequality by Counting ‘ Complaints ’ : Theory and Empirics

  title={Measuring Inequality by Counting ‘ Complaints ’ : Theory and Empirics},
  author={Kurt Devooght},
This paper examines how people assess inequality of an income distribution and how inequality could be measured. We start from philosophical analysis of L. Temkin who distinguishes nine plausible aspects of inequality. His approach is based on the concept of ‘complaints’ or distances between incomes. We examine the Temkin approach by means of the questionnaire-experimental method pioneered by Amiel and Cowell. We want to find out whether the aspects of equality have any plausibility for student… CONTINUE READING

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