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Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre - Department of Economics
Economics Working Papers

Economics Working Papers: Abstract 2003-16


Nummer

2003-16

Autoren

Christian Seidl

 

Titel

 

Measuring Inequality Attitudes by Defective Leaky Buckets - A Comment
Abstract Amiel et al. (1999) use the Atkinson and the Gini social welfare functions to measure income inequality attitudes based on data from leaky-bucket experiments. Yet the experimental design does not allow their subjects to perceive income inequality according to the Gini or the Atkinson inequality measures. Moreover, their experimental design tries to measure inequality aversion by forcing their subjects to behave in accordance with inequality predilection.

Keywords: Inequality aversion; leaky-bucket experiment.

JEL classification: C91; D63

 

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