A controversial proposal concerning inequality measurement

Menahem E. Yaari

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An axiom system on a policy maker's preferences is proposed and shown to characterize the class of linear inequality measures. A measure for the policy maker's degree of "equality mindedness" is then developed. The essay concludes with an exploration of the interplay between the policy maker's preferences and the prevailing tax structure. The controversial aspect lies in an attempt to use the tax structure to retrieve the policy maker's preferences through the Principle of Equal Sacrifice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-397
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1988
Externally publishedYes


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