Journal article

Posterior distributions for the Gini coefficient using grouped data

D Chotikapanich, WE Griffiths

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics | WILEY | Published : 2000

Abstract

When available data comprise a number of sampled households in each of a number of income classes, the likelihood function is obtained from a multinomial distribution with the income class population proportions as the unknown parameters. Two methods for going from this likelihood function to a posterior distribution on the Gini coefficient are investigated. In the first method, two alternative assumptions about the underlying income distribution are considered, namely a lognormal distribution and the Singh-Maddala (1976) income distribution. In these cases the likelihood function is reparameterized and the Gini coefficient is a nonlinear function of the income distribution parameters. The M..

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