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See detailMultidimensional Approaches to Poverty Measurement: An Empirical Analysis of Poverty in Belgium, France , Germany,Italy and Spain, based on the European Pane
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Deutsch, Joseph; Silber, Jacques

in Applied Economics (2011), 43

This article has three goals. First, we wish to compare three multidimensional approaches to poverty and check to what extent they identify the same households as poor. Second, we aim at better ... [more ▼]

This article has three goals. First, we wish to compare three multidimensional approaches to poverty and check to what extent they identify the same households as poor. Second, we aim at better understanding the determinants of poverty by estimating logit regressions with five categories of explanatory variables: size of the household, age of the head of the household, her gender, marital status and status at work. Third, we introduce a decomposition procedure proposed recently in the literature, the so-called Shapley decomposition, in order to determine the exact marginal impact of each of the categories of explanatory variables. Our empirical analysis is based on data made available by the European Community Household Panel (ECPH). We used its third wave and selected five countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. [less ▲]

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See detailA Generalized Index of Fractionalization
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Bossert, Walter; La Ferrara, Eliana

in Economica (2011), 78

This paper characterizes an index that is informationally richer than the commonly used ethno-linguistic fractionalization (ELF) index. Our measure of fractionalization takes as a primitive the ... [more ▼]

This paper characterizes an index that is informationally richer than the commonly used ethno-linguistic fractionalization (ELF) index. Our measure of fractionalization takes as a primitive the individuals, as opposed to ethnic groups, and uses information on the similarities among them. Compared to existing indices, our measure does not require that individuals are pre-assigned to exogenously determined categories or groups. We provided an empirical illustration of how our index can be operationalized and what difference it makes as compared to the standard ELF index. This application pertains to the pattern of fractionalization in the USA. [less ▲]

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See detailA Survey on Income Deprivation
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL

in Silber, Jacques (Ed.) The Measurement of Individual Well-Being and Group Inequalities: Essays in Memory of Z.M. Berrebi (2010)

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See detailPolarization Orderings of Income Distributions
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Chakravarty, Satya

in Review of Income and Wealth (2010), 56(1), 47-64

This paper considers an intermediate notion of polarization which is defined as a convex mix of relative and absolute concepts of polarization. While absolute polarization indices remain unchanged under ... [more ▼]

This paper considers an intermediate notion of polarization which is defined as a convex mix of relative and absolute concepts of polarization. While absolute polarization indices remain unchanged under equal absolute augmentation in all incomes, relative indices do not change under equiproportionate variations in all incomes. We then identify the class of intermediate polarization indices whose orderings of alternative income distributions agree with the rankings generated by intermediate polarization curves. The ranking relation developed is implemented by a simple graphical device. Finally, a numerical illustration of the results developed in the paper is provided using data from Southern European countries. [less ▲]

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See detailMaterial Deprivation: An Application to Italian Regions
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Giuliano, Giovanna; Tenaglia, Simona

in Politica Economica (2009), 15

Using a measure of material deprivation, the paper shows that the well-being of individuals living in the South of Italy is consistently lower than the well-being of those residing elsewhere in the ... [more ▼]

Using a measure of material deprivation, the paper shows that the well-being of individuals living in the South of Italy is consistently lower than the well-being of those residing elsewhere in the country. The correspondence between income poverty and material deprivation is almost perfect. Regional social policies were not effective not only for the insufficient budget involved but also for the method of implementation followed, being mostly based on temporary measures. There is the urgent need of the introduction of a system that guarantees minimum levels of assistance to every citizen independent of its region of residence. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized Gini Occupational Segregation Indices
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Chakravarty, Satya; Silber, Jacques

in Research on Economic Inequality (2009), 17

This article axiomatically derives a class of numerical indices of integration (equality) in the distribution of different types of workers across occupations. The associated segregation (inequality ... [more ▼]

This article axiomatically derives a class of numerical indices of integration (equality) in the distribution of different types of workers across occupations. The associated segregation (inequality) indices parallel one form of multidimensional generalized Gini inequality indices. A comparison is made with the other Gini-related segregation indices. A numerical illustration of the family of indices is also provided using US occupational data. [less ▲]

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See detailSatisfaction with Life and Economic Well-Being: Evidence from Germany
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Frick, Joachim; Jäntti, Markus

in Schmollers Jahrbuch (2009), 129

The relationship between an individual's economic well-being and satisfaction with own life has been the focus of many studies both within and across countries, in one period of time and over time. As a ... [more ▼]

The relationship between an individual's economic well-being and satisfaction with own life has been the focus of many studies both within and across countries, in one period of time and over time. As a proxy of economic well-being household income both adjusted and unadjusted for household needs has been generally used. The aim of the present paper is to propose a more comprehensive measure of well-being considering the role that wealth and permanent income play in simultaneously determining satisfaction with life. The results, based on representative microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), suggest that both income and wealth increase satisfaction, that long-run income is more appropriate than short-term income and that satisfaction with life is particularly high for those who are at the top of both the income and wealth distributions. [less ▲]

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