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Assessing inequality using percentile shares

By Ben Jann

Abstract

At least since Thomas Piketty's best-selling "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" (2014, Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press), percentile shares have become a popular approach for analyzing distributional inequalities. In their work on the development of top incomes, Piketty and collaborators typically report top-percentage shares, using varying percentages as thresholds (top 10%, top 1%, top 0.1%, etc.). However, analysis of percentile shares at other positions in the distribution may also be of interest. In this paper I present a new Stata command called -pshare- that estimates percentile shares from individual-level data and displays the results using histograms or stacked bar charts

Topics: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Publisher: University of Bern
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.7892/boris.81523
OAI identifier: oai:boris.unibe.ch:81523

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