Variable Populations and Inequality-Sensitive Ethical Judgments

  • S. Subramanian
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Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. Abstract This note makes the very simple point that apparently unexceptionable axioms of variable population inequality comparisons, such as the replication invariance property, can militate against other basic and intuitively plausible desiderata. This has obvious, and complicating, implications for the measurement of inequality which, for the most part, has been routinely guided by a belief in the unproblematic nature of population-neutrality principles.


Income Distribution Binary Relation Income Share Inequality Index Equivalent Income 


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  • S. Subramanian
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  1. 1.Madras Institute of Development StudiesChennaiIndia

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