# Lorenz ranking of income distributions

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## Abstract

Based on the stochastic comparison of the Lorenz curves of income distributions, five partial orderings of income distributions are obtained. Three of these orderings are the well known star shaped, stochastic and the Lorenz orderings. The other two are new and are studied in some detail. The weakest ordering which is called the Lorenz area ordering is of special importance since it enables us to compare interesting Lorenz curves. This latter ordering leads to a class of income inequality measures which are identical with the linear inequality measures considered by Mehran (1976). A discussion of these measures is presented together with an application to part of Kunzet's (1963) data.

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Income Income Inequality Income Distribution Linear Measure Gini Index
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