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The decomposition of well-being categories

Working Paper 2013-307


In the paper, a combined approach is used to test for inequality differences of several well-being categories for a number of groups of persons. Hereby, total inequality is decomposed into within- and into between-group/category inequality (via a normalised coefficient of variation as the used inequality indicator). The decompositions are categorised into those referring to socio-demographic characteristics (age, sex, nationality, place of residence, household type) and those belonging to different well-being (sub-)categories (several income, wealth, and expenditure categories).

Authors: Jurgen Faik, Uwe Fachinger.

Keywords: Decomposition, Distribution, Inequality, Shift-share analysis, Well-being.
JEL: D30, D31, D60