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Handbook of Income Distribution by Francois Bourguignon, Anthony B. Atkinson

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Chapter 6

Statistical Methods for Distributional Analysis

Frank A. Cowell*; Emmanuel Flachaire    * STICERD, London School of Economics, London, UK Aix-Marseille Université, AMSE & IUF, Marseille, France

Abstract

This chapter discusses the formal and informal techniques that are commonly used to give quantitative answers in the field of distributional analysis. To this end, it covers subjects including inequality, poverty, and the modeling of income distributions. It also deals with parametric and nonparametric approaches and the way in which imperfections in data may be handled in practice.

Keywords

Goodness of fit

Parametric modeling

Nonparametric methods

Dominance criteria

Welfare indices

Inequality measure

Poverty measure

Influence ...

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