Samling Errors and Cross-Country Comparisons of Income Inequality
The growing interest in cross-national comparisons of income inequality is primarily a result of the establishment of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) database and the wide range of studies on income inequality based on LIS data. These studies suffer, however, from a major weakness since sampling errors neither are reported nor taken into account when nations are ranked according to estimates of the Gini coefficient or some alternative measure of inequality. This paper discusses the impact of accounting for sampling error when making comparisons of income inequality across nations.
Income inequiality; the Gini coefficient; sampling errors
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