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Distributional Analysis in Economic Development, 2021/22, Semester 2
Suman Seth
s.seth@leeds.ac.uk
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Topic 1: Why distributional analysis in economic development?

Main Readings

Alkire, S., Foster, J. E., Seth, S., Santos, M. E., Roche, J. M., and Ballon, P., (2015). Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysisISBN: 9780199689491 (hbk.) : £35.00, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Chapter 1] Available for free download at: http://multidimensionalpoverty.org/chapter1/

Sen, A. K., (1997). From income inequality to economic inequality. The southern economic journal., 64(2), pp.384-401.

Sen, A. K., (2001). Development as freedom. Oxford University Press.

Sen, A. K. (2004). Capabilities, lists and public reason: Continuing the conversation, Feminist Economics 10(3): 77–80.

Additional Readings

Chen, S. and Ravallion, M., (2010). The developing world is poorer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty. The quarterly journal of economics., 125(4).

Milanovic, B., (2012). Global inequality recalculated and updated: the effect of new PPP estimates on global inequality and 2005 estimates. Journal of economic inequality, 10(1), pp.1-18.

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Topic 2: Size of Income Distribution and Income Standards

Main Readings

Foster, J., S. Seth, M. Lokshin, Z. Sajaia (2013) A unified approach to measuring poverty and inequality: theory and practice, World Bank Publications. Available for free download at this link.

Additional Readings

Shorrocks, A.F., 1983. Ranking income distributions. Economica., 50(197), pp.3-17.

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Topic 3: Income Inequality Measurement and Analysis

Main Readings

Foster, J., S. Seth, M. Lokshin, Z. Sajaia (2013) A unified approach to measuring poverty and inequality: theory and practice, World Bank Publications. Available for free download at this link.

Additional Readings

Atkinson, Anthony B. (1970). On the measurement of inequality. Journal of economic theory., 2, no. 3: 244-263.

Fields, G. (2002) Distribution and development : a new look at the developing world, MIT Press.

Jenkins, Stephen P., (1995). "Accounting for inequality trends: decomposition analyses for the UK, 1971-86." Economica., Vol. 62, 29-63.

Moyes, P., 1987. A new concept of Lorenz domination. Economics letters., 23(2), pp.203-207.

Sen, A. K. and J. E. Foster (1997) On economic inequality [electronic resource], Oxford University Press.

Shorrocks, A.F., 1983. Ranking income distributions. Economica., 50(197), pp.3-17.

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Topic 4: Income Poverty Measurement and Analysis

Main Readings

Foster, J., S. Seth, M. Lokshin, Z. Sajaia (2013) A unified approach to measuring poverty and inequality: theory and practice, World Bank Publications. Available for free download at this link.

Foster, James E. "Absolute versus relative poverty." The American Economic Review 88, no. 2 (1998): 335-341.

Ravallion, Martin, and Shaohua Chen. "Weakly relative poverty." Review of Economics and Statistics 93, no. 4 (2011): 1251-1261.

Additional Readings

Atkinson, A. B., (1987). On the measurement of poverty. Econometrica., Vol. 55, pp.749-764.

Deaton, A. (2001) “Counting the world’s poor: Problems and possible solutions”, World Bank research observer.ISSN: 0257-3032, 16(2): 125-47.

Deaton, A. (2010) “Price indexes, inequality and the measurement of world poverty”, American economic review.ISSN: 0002-8282, 100(1): 5-34.

Deaton, A. and V. Kozel (2005) “Data and dogma: The great Indian poverty debate”, World Bank research observer.ISSN: 0257-3032, 20(2): 177-99.

Fields, G. (2002) Distribution and development : a new look at the developing world, MIT Press.

Foster, James, Joel Greer, and Erik Thorbecke (1984). "A class of decomposable poverty measures." Econometrica., Vol. 52, pp. 761-766.

Foster, J., Greer, J. and Thorbecke, E., (2010). The Foster–Greer–Thorbecke (FGT) poverty measures: 25 years later. Journal of economic inequality, 8(4), pp.491-524.

Foster, J.E. and Shorrocks, A.F., 1988. Poverty orderings. Econometrica., Vol. 50, pp.173-177.

Foster, J. E., and Shorrocks, A. F. (1991) ‘Subgroup Consistent Poverty Indices’ (with A. F. Shorrocks), Econometrica., Vol 59, pp. 687-710.

Foster, J.E. and Székely, M., 2008. Is economic growth good for the poor? Tracking low incomes using general means. International Economic Review.ISSN: 0020-6598; 1468-2354, 49(4), pp.1143-1172.

Ravallion, M., 1994. Poverty comparisons (Vol. 56). Taylor & Francis. http://www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ssRavallion-1992.pdf

Ravallion, M. and S. Chen (2003) “Measuring pro-poor growth”, Economic Letters, 78: 93-99. - Available online: http://econpapers.repec.org/article/eeeecolet/v_3a78_3ay_3a2003_3ai_3a1_3ap_3a93-99.htm

Sen, A. K. and J. E. Foster (1997) On economic inequality [electronic resource], Oxford University Press.

Sen, A., 1976. Poverty: an ordinal approach to measurement. Econometrica., Vol. 44, pp.219-231.

 

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Topic 5: Measurement of Development Involving Multiple Dimensions

Main Readings

Alkire, S. and J. Foster (2011) “Counting and multidimensional poverty measurement”, Journal of public economics.ISSN: 0047-2727, 95(7-8): 476-87.

Alkire, S. (2016) “Why multidimensional poverty measures?”, video: http://www.ophi.org.uk/why-multidimensional-poverty-measures-2/

Bag, S. and S. Seth (2018), Does It Matter How We Assess Standard of Living? Evidence
from Indian Slums Comparing Monetary and Multidimensional Approaches, Social Indicators Research, 140, 715-754.

Decancq, K. and M. Lugo (2013), “Weights in multidimensional indices of wellbeing: An overview”, Econometric reviews., 32(1): 7-34.

Seth, S. and Tutor, M. J. (2021), Evaluation of anti-poverty programs’ impact on joint disadvantages: Insights from the Philippine experience, Review of Income and Wealth, 67, 977–1004.

Seth, S. and A. Villar (2016) “The measurement of human development and poverty”, chapter in D’Ambrosio (editor) Handbook of Research on Economic and Wellbeing, Elgar. (Also available as a working paper online) - Available online: https://ideas.repec.org/p/pab/wpaper/14.10.html

Seth, S. and A. Villar (2016) “Human development, inequality and poverty: empirical findings”, chapter in D’Ambrosio (editor) Handbook of Research on Economic and Wellbeing, Elgar. (Also available as a working paper online).

UNDP (2010) “The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development”, Human Development Report 2010, United Nations Development Programme, New York.

Additional Readings

Aaberge, R. and A. Brandolini (2015) “Multidimensional poverty and inequality”, chapter 3 in Atkinson, A., and F. Bourguignon (editors, 2014) Handbook of income distributionISBN: 0444816313 2A-2B, North-Holland: 141-216. - Available online: https://www.ssb.no/en/forskning/discussion-papers/_attachment/210834?_ts=14a2f24d270

Alkire, S., Foster, J. E., Seth, S., Santos, M. E., Roche, J. M., and Ballon, P. (2015). Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alkire, S. and M. Santos (2014) “Measuring acute poverty in the developing world: robustness and scope of the multidimensional poverty index”, World development., 59: 251-74.

Chakravarty, S., and C. D’Ambrosio (2006) “The measurement of social exclusion”, The review of income and wealth., 52(3): 377-98.

Silber, J. and G. Yalonetzky (2013) “Measuring multidimensional deprivation with dichotomized and ordinal variables” chapter 2 in Betti, G. and A. Lemmi (editors) Poverty and social exclusion : new methods of analysis., Routledge.

 

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Topic 6: Distributional Analysis and Measurement with Ordinal Variables

Main Readings

Silber, J. and G. Yalonetzky (2021) “Measuring welfare, inequality and poverty with ordinal variables: the univariate case”, forthcoming in Zimmermann, K. (editor) Handbook of Labour, Human Resources and Population Economics.

Abul Naga, R. and T. Yalcin (2008) “Inequality measurement for ordered response health data”, Journal of health economics., 27(6): 1614-25.

Allison, R. and J. Foster (2004) “Measuring health inequality using qualitative data”, Journal of health economics., 23(3): 505-24.

Apouey, B. (2007) “Measuring health polarization with self-assessed health data”, Health economics., 16(9): 875-94.

Seth, S. and G. Yalonetzky (2021), Assessing deprivation with an ordinal variable: theory and application to sanitation deprivation in Bangladesh, World Bank Economic Review, 35, 793–811.

Additional Readings

Dutta, I. and J. Foster (2013) “Inequality of happiness in the U.S.: 1972-2010”, Review of Income and Wealth, 59(3): 393-415.

Gravel, N., B. Magdalou and P. Moyes (2020) “Ranking distributions of an ordinal variable,” Economic Theory. Available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s00199-019-01241-4

Kobus, M. and P. Milos (2012) “Inequality decomposition by population subgroups for ordinal data”, Journal of health economics.ISSN: 0167-6296, 31: 15-21.

Kobus, M. (2015) “Polarization measurement for ordinal data”, Journal of Economic Inequality, 13: 275-297.

Kobus, M. and R. Kurek (2019) “Multidimensional polarization for ordinal data”, Journal of Economic Inequality, 17: 301-317.

Lazar, A. and J. Silber (2013) "On the cardinal measurement of health inequality when only ordinal information is available on individual health status," Health Economics 22: 106-113.

Lv, G, Y Wang and Y Xu (2015) “On a new class of measures for health inequality based on ordinal data,” Journal of Economic Inequality 13(3): 465–477.

Sarkar, S. and S. Santra (2020) “Extending the approaches to polarization ordering of ordinal variables”, Journal of Economic Inequality, forthcoming.

Yalonetzky, G. (2012) “Poverty measurement with ordinal variables: a generalization of a recent contribution”, ECINEQ WP 2012-246. - Available online: http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/inqinqwps/ecineq2012-246.htm

Yalonetzky, G. (2013) “Stochastic dominance with ordinal variables: conditions and a test”, Econometric reviews., 32(1): 126-63.

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Topic 7: Inequality of Opportunity

Main Readings

Kanbur, R. and A. Wagstaff (2017) “How useful is inequality of opportunity as a policy construct?”, chapter 4 in Basu, K. and J. Stiglitz (editors) Inequality and growth: Patterns and policy, Springer.

Fleurbaey, M. (2008) Fairness, responsibility, and welfare, Oxford University Press.

Rommer, J. and A. Trannoy (2015) “Equality of Opportunity”, chapter 4 in Atkinson, A., and F. Bourguignon (editors, 2014) Handbook of income distributionISBN: 0444816313 2A-2B, North-Holland: 217-300. - Available online: https://milescorak.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/roemer-trannoy-equality-of-opportunity-theory-and-measurement-journal-of-economic-literature-forthcoming.pdf

Rommer, J. and A. Trannoy (2016) “Equality of Opportunity”, The journal of economic literature.ISSN: 0022-0515, 54(4): 1288-1332.

Additional Readings

Asadullah, N, S. Tubeuf, A. Trannoy and G. Yalonetzky (2021) “Measuring educational inequality of opportunity: pupil’s effort matters”, World Development, 138 (105262)

Cohen, G. (2009) Why not Socialism? Princeton University Press.

Fleurbaey, M. (2001) “Egalitarian Opportunities”, Law and Philosophy, 20(5): 499-530.

Checchi, D. and V, Peragine (2010) “Inequality of opportunity in Italy”, Journal of economic inequalityISSN: x000-0681, 8(4): 429-50.

Ferreira, F. and J. Gignoux (2011) “The measurement of inequality of opportunity: theory and an application to Latin America”, The review of income and wealth.ISSN: 0034-6586, 57(4): 622-57.

Fleurbaey, M. and V. Peragine (2013) “Ex ante versus ex post equality of opportunity”, Economica, 80(317): 118-130.

Jusot, F., S. Tubeuf and A. Trannoy (2013) “Circumstances and efforts: How important is their correlation for the measurement of inequality of opportunity in health?”, Health economics.ISSN: 1057-9230, 22(12): 1470-95.

Kanbur, R. (2016), “Capabilities, opportunity, outcome and equality”, forthcoming in Handbook of The Capability Approach, Cambridge.

Le Franc, A., N. Pistolesi, and A. Trannoy (2008) “Inequality of opportunities vs inequality of outcomes: Are western societies all alike?” Review of Income and Wealth, 54(4): 513-46.

Paes de Barros, R., F. Ferreira, J. Molinas, and J. Saavedra (2009) Measuring inequality of opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank. - Available online: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/LACEXT/Resources/258553-1222276310889/Book_HOI.pdf

Roemer, J. (1998) Equality of opportunityISBN: 0674004221; 0674259912 (alk. paper), Harvard University Press.

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Topic 8: Subjective Well-Being Measurement

Main Readings

Charlwood, A, Spencer, D & Brown, A (2012), 'Not all that it might seem: why job satisfaction is worth studying despite it being a poor summary measure of job quality' Work, employment and society., vol 26, no. 6, pp. 1007-1018., 10.1177/0950017012461837

Clark, A. and C. Senik (2011) “Will GDP growth increase happiness in developing countries?”, Revue d’Economie du Developpement, 19(2-3): 113-190. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 20/01/2022) 

*Di Tella, R. and R. Mac Culloch (2006) “Some uses of happiness data in economics”, The journal of economic perspectives., 20(1): 25-46.

Frey, B. and J. Gallus (2012) “Happiness policy and economic development”, International Journal of Happiness and Development, 1(1): 102-11. - Available online: https://www.bsfrey.ch/articles/C_547_2012.pdf

Frey, B. and Stutzer (2012) “The use of happiness research for public policy”, Social choice and welfare., 38(4): 659-74.

Gasper, D. (2010) “Understanding the diversity of conceptions of well-being and quality of life”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 39: 351-60.

Graham, C., A. Eggers and S. Sukhtankar (2004) “Does happiness pay?: An exploration based on panel data from Russia”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 55(3), 319-342.

Graham, C. (2005) “Insights on development from the economics of happiness”, World Bank research observer., 20(2): 201-31.

Graham, C. (2009) Happiness around the world [electronic resource] : the paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires, Oxford University Press.

Graham, C. (2010) “Adaptation amidst prosperity and adversity: insights from happiness studies from around the world”, World Bank research observer., 26(1): 105-37.

Huffington, A. (2013) “Why I’m unhappy with happiness surveys”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/happiness-surveys_b_3728768.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

OECD (2013) OECD Guidelines on measuring Subjective Well-being, OECD. (Available online).

Peiro, A. (2006) “Happiness, satisfaction and socio-economic conditions: some international evidence”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 35: 348-65.

Stevenson, B. and J. Wolfers (2008) “Economic growth and subjective well-being: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox”, Brooking Papers on Economic Activity, Spring: 1-102. - Available online: http://www.nber.org/papers/w14282

Veenhoeven, R. 2004 “Happiness as an aim in public policy”, in Linley, S. and S. Joseph (editors) Positive psychology in practice, Wiley Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Additional Readings

Abdallah, S., Michaelson, J., Shah, S., Stoll, L. and N. Marks (2012) The Happy Planet Index: 2012 Report, New Economics Foundation. - Available online: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5735c421e321402778ee0ce9/t/578de9dd29687f525e004f1d/1468918241593/2012+Happy+Planet+Index+report.pdf

Becchetti, L. and F. Rossetti (2009) “When money does not buy happiness: The case of “frustrated achievers”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 38: 159-67.

Binder, M. (2014) “Subjective well-being capabilities: bridging the gap between the capability approach and subjective well-being research”, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(5): 1197-217.

Binswanger, M. (2006) “Why does income growth fail to make us happier? Searching for the treadmills behind the paradox of happiness”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 35: 366-81.

Clark,A., Diener, E., Georgellis, Y. and R. Lucas (2008) “Lags and leads in life satisfaction: A test of the baseline hypothesis”, Economic journal., 118: 222-43.

Clark, A., D’Ambrosio, C., and S. Ghislandi (2015), Poverty Profiles and Well-Being: Panel Evidence from Germany, in Thesia I. Garner, Kathleen S. Short (ed.) Measurement of Poverty, Deprivation, and Economic Mobility (Research on Economic Inequality, Volume 23) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1 – 22 - Available online: http://www.ecineq.org/ecineq_bari13/FILESxBari13/CR2/p52.pdf

Comin, F. (2005) “Capabilities and happiness: potential synergies”, Review of Social Economy, 63(2): 161-76.

Deaton, A. (2012) “The financial crisis and the well-being of Americans”, Oxford Economic Papers., 64: 1-26.

Easterlin, R. (1995) “Will raising the incomes of all increase the happiness of all?”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization”, 27: 35-47.

Easterlin, R., Morgan, R., Switek, M., and F. Wang (2012) “China’s life satisfaction, 1990-2010”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(25): 9775-80.

Helliwell,J. Layard, R. and J. Sachs (2012) World Happiness Report. - Available online: http://worldhappiness.report/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2012/04/World_Happiness_Report_2012.pdf

Howell, R., and C. Howell (2008) “The relation of economic status to subjective well-being in developing countries: A meta-analysis”, Psychological Bulletin, 134(4): 536-60.

Kingdon, G. and J. Knight (2006) “Subjective well-being poverty vs income poverty and capabilities poverty?”, Journal of Development Studies, 42(7): 1199-224.

Huffington, A. (2013) “Why I’m unhappy with happiness surveys”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/happiness-surveys_b_3728768.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Layard, R. (2011) Happiness: Lessons from a new science, Penguin, 2nd Revised Edition.

OECD (2011) Compendium of OECD well-being indicators, OECD.

Veenhoeven, R. (2010) “Capability and happiness: conceptual difference and reality links”, Journal of Socio-Economics, 39: 344-50.

 

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Topic 9: Social Mobility and Social Polarisation (not covered)

Main Readings

Bjorklund, A. and M. Jantti (2011) “Intergenerational income mobility and the role of family background”, chapter 10 in Salvedra et al. (editors), The Oxford handbook of economic inequality, 491-521. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Erkison, R. and J. Goldthorpe (2002) “Intergenerational inequality: a sociological perspective”, The journal of economic perspectives., 16(3): 31-44.

Grawe, N. and C. Mulligan (2002) “Economic interpretation of intergenerational correlations”, The journal of economic perspectives., 16(3): 45-58.

Duclos, J-Y. and A-M. Taptue (2015) “Polarization”, chapter 5 in Atkinson, A., and F. Bourguignon (editors, 2014) Handbook of income distribution 2A-2B, North-Holland: 301-358.

Additional Readings

Bowles, S. and H. Gintis (2002) “The inheritance of inequality”, The journal of economic perspectives., 16(3): 3-30.

Corak, M. (2013) “Income inequality, equality of opportunity, and intergenerational mobility”, The journal of economic perspectives., 27(3): 79-102.

Isaacs, J., I. Sawhill and R. Haskins (2008) Getting ahead or losing ground: Economic mobility in America, Brookings Institution. - Available online: https://www.brookings.edu/research/getting-ahead-or-losing-ground-economic-mobility-in-america/

Jantti, M. and S. Jenkins (2015) “Income mobility”, chapter 10 in Atkinson, A., and F. Bourguignon (editors, 2014) Handbook of income distribution 2A-2B, North-Holland: 301-358.

Solon, G. (2002) “Cross-country differences in intergenerational earnings mobility”, The journal of economic perspectives., 16(3): 59-66.

Yalonetzky, G. (2014) “Relative bipolarization Lorenz curve”, Economics Bulletin, 34(2): 1103-13.

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Additional Text Books

Atkinson, A., and F. Bourguignon (editors, 2015) Handbook of income distribution 2A-2B, North-Holland.

Chakravarty, S. (2009) Inequality, polarization and poverty : advances in distributional analysis, Springer.

Chakravarty, S. (2016) Inequality, polarization and conflict : an analytical study, Springer.

Fleurbaey, M. (2008) Fairness, responsibility, and welfare [electronic resource], Oxford University Press.

Salvedra, W., B. Nolan and T. Smeeding (editors, 2011) The Oxford handbook of economic inequality, Oxford University Press.

This list was last updated on 19/01/2022