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Inequality, Polarization and Poverty

Advances in Distributional Analysis


Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 6)

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About this book


The study of inequality, polarization and poverty is crucial for understanding the economic well-being of the population of a country. Conceptual and methodological advances and better data have provided better insights into these issues in recent years, and it is the objective of the book to present a systematic and up-to-date treatment of the developments in the subject. Both welfare theoretic and descriptive approaches are discussed and, since the wellbeing of a population depends on income and non-income indicators, both unidimensional and multidimensional frameworks are taken into consideration. The technical terms and mathematical operations employed to analyze the results are explained intuitively in non-technical terms, and numerical analyses and graphical representations help to illustrate important concepts.


Deprivation Development Distributional Analysis Inequality Multidimensional Structure Polarization Poverty Welfare calculus linear optimization

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  1. 1.Economic Research UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia

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From the reviews:

“The book is clearly written, well organized and succinct. The extended bibliography complied at the end of the book is a very useful reference as it is quite complete and up to date … . surveys several papers that have not appeared in print and are not easily accessible. … I enjoyed reading the book … . I recommend this excellent book to anyone who is interested in the broad research of distributional analysis, whether a beginner in learning the literature or an experienced researcher.” (Buhong Zheng, Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 9, 2011)