Syllabus/achievement requirements


Aaberge, R. (2000): "Characterization of Lorenz Curves and Income Distributions", Social Choice and Welfare, 17, 639-653.

Aaberge, R. (2001): "Axiomatic Characterization of the Gini Coefficient and Lorenz Curve Orderings", Journal of Economic Theory, 101, 115-132.

Aaberge, R. (2009): “Ranking Intersecting Lorenz Curves”, Social Choice and Welfare, 33, 235 – 259.

Aaberge, R., T. Havnes and M. Mogstad (2013): ”A Theory for Ranking Distribution Functions”, Discussion Paper No. 763, Statistics Norway, 2013.

Almås, Ingvild, Alexander W. Cappelen, Jo Thori Lind, Erik Ø. Sørensen, and Bertil Tungodden: "Measuring unfair (in)equality", Journal of Public Economics, 95(7–8) pp 488-499,  2011.

Atkinson A.B. (1970), “On the Measurement of Inequality”, Journal of Economic Theory, 2, 244-263.

Autor , David H.: Skills, education, and the rise of earnings inequality among the “other 99 percent”.  Science 23 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6186 pp. 843-851 DOI: 10.1126/science.1251868

Autor,   David H.,   Frank Levy,     and Richard J. Murnane:  "The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Exploration," The Quarterly Journal of Economics (2003) 118 (4): 1279-1333

d'Aspremont, Claude, and  Louis Gevers. “Social welfare functionals and interpersonal comparability,” Ch. 10 in Kenneth J. Arrow, Amartya Sen and Kotaro Suzumura (eds.)  Handbook of Social Choice and Welfare, Volume I,  2002

Lamont, Julian and Favor, Christi, "Distributive Justice", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL:

Lind, Jo Thori and Karl Moene: "Miserly Developments", Journal of Development Studies 47(9), 2011

Piketty T, Saez E, Stantcheva S. "Optimal Taxation of Top Incomes: A Tale of Three Elasticities," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy [Internet]. 2014;6(1):230-271.

Sen, Amartya.  “The Informational Basis of Social Choice” . Ch. 14 in Kenneth J. Arrow, Amartya Sen and Kotaro Suzumura (eds.)  Handbook of Social Choice and Welfare, Volume II,  2011

 Yaari, M. E. (1988): “A controversial proposal concerning inequality measurement,” Journal of Economic Theory, 44(2), 381 – 397.

Yaari, M.E. (1987): Yaari, M.E. (1987): "The dual theory of choice under risk," Econometrica 55, 95-115.

Cowell, Frank A. “Measurement of inequality”, Ch.2 in Anthony B. Atkinson and François Bourguignon: Handbook of Income Distribution, 2000. Sections 1 and 8


Additional readings

Roemer, John. "Theories of Distributive Justice," Harvard University Press 1996.

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