On lateral thinking

  title={On lateral thinking},
  author={Anthony Barnes Atkinson},
  journal={The Journal of Economic Inequality},
  • A. Atkinson
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Economic Inequality
Lateral thinking led to results on the measurement of risk being applied to the problem of measuring income inequality. In this, and in other areas of economics, lateral thinking has made a significant contribution. At the same time, there are dangers. The parallel may be deceptive. The paper examines two ways in which a straightforward translation of techniques from one field to another can be misleading and one example where lateral thinking about multi-dimensional inequality has considerable… 
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