Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being
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Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being

Edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio

The past decade has been characterized by a burgeoning interest in new concepts of individual and social well-being. The impetus for this new research has stemmed from increased demand from policy makers and civil society for measures of progress that go beyond the traditional measures of GDP, as well as improved datasets allowing individuals and households to be tracked over their life course. The aim of this Handbook is to chart these developments and provide extensive surveys of many of the recent themes that have emerged in the research literature. Some of the topics addressed include poverty. relative deprivation and satisfaction, economic insecurity, social exclusion and inequality, income and social polarization, and social fractionalization and diversity. Each topic is first analyzed from a theoretical perspective, followed by detailed empirical discussion.
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Chapter 18: Social inequality: empirical findings

Indranil Dutta and Gaston Yalonetzky

Abstract

The notion of social inequality lends itself to different understandings. One of them is the measurement of inequality over non-monetary dimensions of well-being. The companion Chapter 17 in this Handbook by Lasso de la Vega discusses theoretically the methods to measure inequality when variables are ordinal, and the methods for inequality measurement with bounded continuous variables. The present authors provide empirical illustrations of research implementing this method. Another understanding of social inequality refers to inequality in an indicator of interest between or across socioeconomic groups. The authors explore several methods proposed for this latter purpose and provide empirical illustration.

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