Comparing Polarization Measures

Joanand Esteban, Debraj Ray

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    This article reviews and compares different measures of polarization within a unifying framework. A country can be highly unequal in income and wealth, but it might not be highly polarized in economic terms. Conversely, a country can be considered economically equal, but nonetheless highly polarized, if there are two distinct, though not too distant, income groups facing one another. Similar comments apply to other ethnic or religious measures of fragmentation. The discussion focuses on unidimensional polarization, the leading example being income polarization.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199940806
    ISBN (Print)9780195392777
    StatePublished - Apr 20 2012


    • Economic inequality
    • Income polarization
    • Polarization measures
    • Unidimensional polarization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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