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From |
Lola Jackson <lola_jackson@ymail.com> |

To |
"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
Re: st: poverty/inequality analysis |

Date |
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 20:10:15 +0000 (GMT) |

Dear Austin, Stas, and other Statalisters, Thank you very much for the helpful replies. Austin is correct that I am working with real income data, which is not log-normal. Actually he expressed what I want to do well when he asks ‘Do you want to apply a mean-preserving contraction (the opposite of a mean-preserving spread) and a shift in the mean, to different degrees, to a given distribution to achieve a specified percent below a given threshold?’ – pretty much yes. I understand that this is not really how income evolves in practices, but the objective is to illustrate what combinations of changes in distribution and growth might be required to meet a given poverty reduction goal (and to compare this with current rates). My thinking is that with a given Lorenz curve and given mean income, one can calculate the % of people below a numerical poverty line (or changes in each of these variables). So I want to work out, given a specified % of people below the poverty line and given a specified growth rate, what would be the change in Gini (or other measure) ‘required’; or alternatively given a specified % of people below the poverty line and given a specified change in Gini or other distribution measure, what would be the growth rate of mean income ‘required’. Thanks! Lola __________________________________________________________ Not happy with your email address?. Get the one you really want - millions of new email addresses available now at Yahoo! http://uk.docs.yahoo.com/ymail/new.html * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: poverty/inequality analysis***From:*"Stas Kolenikov" <skolenik@gmail.com>

**Re: st: poverty/inequality analysis***From:*"Austin Nichols" <austinnichols@gmail.com>

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