Reference Groups and Individual Deprivation

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Walter Bossert, Conchita D'Ambrosio

In: Economics Letters 90 (2006), 3, S. 421-426


We provide an axiomatization of Yitzhaki's index of individual deprivation. Our result differs from an earlier characterization due to Ebert and Moyes in the way the reference group of an individual is represented in the model.

JEL-Classification: D63
Keywords: Income distribution, Deprivation, Equity