No. 1070 - Some reflections on the social welfare bases of the measurement of global income inequality

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by Andrea Brandolini and Francesca Carta July 2016

This paper examines the social welfare bases of the measurement of income inequality among the inhabitants of the world. We develop a general family of global inequality indices which encompasses different concepts of global equity, from the cosmopolitan to the nationalist view. The analysis also provides an interpretation of the EU-wide inequality measures adopted in European statistics.