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Complaints and inequality

Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science
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  • Hb Economic Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy


Temkin (1986,1993) sets out a philosophical basis for the analysis of income inequality that provides an important alternative to the mainstream welfarist approach. We show that the Temkin principles can be characterised by a parsimonious axiomatic structure and we use this structure to derive a new class of inequality indices and an inequality ordering. This class of indices has a family relationship to well-known measures of inequality, deprivation and poverty. The ordering is shown to have properties analogous to second-order dominance results.

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