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On the Measurement of Dissimilarity and Related Orders

Working Paper 2012-274

Abstract

We consider populations partitioned into groups, whose members are distributed across a finite number of classes such as, for instance, types of occupation, residential locations, social status of fathers, levels of education, health or income. Our aim is to assess the dissimilarity between the patterns of distributions of the different groups. These evaluations are relevant for the analysis of multi-group segregation, socioeconomic

Authors: Francesco Andreoli, Claudio Zoli.

Keywords: dissimilarity, matrix majorization, Zonotopes, multi-group segregation,
discrimination.
JEL: J71, D31, D63, C16.