Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2007

Abstract

In this paper we develop a measure of polarization for discrete distributions of non-negative grouped data. The measure takes into account the relative sizes and homogeneities of individual groups as well as the heterogeneities between all pairs of groups. It is based on the assumption that the total polarization within the distribution can be understood as a function of the polarizations between all pairs of groups. The measure allows information on existing groups within a population to be used directly to determine the degree of polarization. Thus the impact of various classifi- cations on the degree of polarization can be analysed. The treatment of the distribution’s total polarization as a function of pairwise polarizations allows statements concerning the effect of an individual pair or an individual group on the total polarization.

Keywords

Income polarization, Income distribution

Discipline

Corporate Finance | Finance and Financial Management

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis

Volume

91

Issue

2

First Page

181

Last Page

196

ISSN

1863-8171

Identifier

10.1007/s10182-007-0027-0

Publisher

Springer Verlag (Germany)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10182-007-0027-0

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