I am having this problem using data from the CASEN as well.
However, I already went through the 'zero' values and either changed
them to one (if I felt they were valid) or removed them from the
analysis. This doesn't seem to have solved the problem though.
Best wishes,
Emma
Original Message
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Marcela
Perticara
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 4:56 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: st: Re: problems with using ineqdeco to calculate inequality
measures
One of my students had a similar problem some weeks ago.
It seems (I am guessing from the info this student sent me) that,
although
ineqdeco tells you that it won�t consider those individuals with zero
income, these zero incomes cause trouble in the estimation.
I haven�t had the time to take a look at the code to figure out what is
wrong.
Here is the info my student sent me
. use casen2000.dta, clear
. ineqdeco ymonehaj
Warning: ymonehaj has 391 values = 0. Not used in calculations
Percentile ratios for distribution of ymonehaj: all valid obs.

p90/p10 p90/p50 p10/p50 p75/p25 p75/p50 p25/p50

9.248 3.290 0.356 3.179 1.825 0.574
Generalized Entropy indices GE(a), where a = income difference
sensitivity parameter, and Gini coefficient

All obs  GE(1) GE(0) GE(1) GE(2) Gini
+
0 

Atkinson indices, A(e), where e > 0 is the inequality aversion parameter

All obs  A(0.5) A(1) A(2)
+
 0.23445 0.39357 0.66107

. ineqdeco ymonehaj if ymonehaj>0
Percentile ratios for distribution of ymonehaj: all valid obs.

p90/p10 p90/p50 p10/p50 p75/p25 p75/p50 p25/p50

9.248 3.290 0.356 3.179 1.825 0.574
Generalized Entropy indices GE(a), where a = income difference
sensitivity parameter, and Gini coefficient

All obs  GE(1) GE(0) GE(1) GE(2) Gini
+
0 

Atkinson indices, A(e), where e > 0 is the inequality aversion parameter

All obs  A(0.5) A(1) A(2)
+
 0.23445 0.39357 0.66107

. drop if ymonehaj==0
(391 observations deleted)
. ineqdeco ymonehaj
Percentile ratios for distribution of ymonehaj: all valid obs.

p90/p10 p90/p50 p10/p50 p75/p25 p75/p50 p25/p50

9.248 3.290 0.356 3.179 1.825 0.574
Generalized Entropy indices GE(a), where a = income difference
sensitivity parameter, and Gini coefficient

All obs  GE(1) GE(0) GE(1) GE(2) Gini
+
 0.97523 0.50017 0.59582 1.85478 0.52417

Atkinson indices, A(e), where e > 0 is the inequality aversion parameter

All obs  A(0.5) A(1) A(2)
+
 0.23445 0.39357 0.66107



Profesor Asistente, Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Professorial Lecturer, Georgetown University
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 Original Message 
From: "Emma Samman" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 6:22 AM
Subject: st: problems with using ineqdeco to calculate inequality
measures
> I wondered if any ineqdeco users could help with the following
problems:
>
> I have some large household surveybased datasets (about 55,000
> observations unweighted, 5 million weighted). These data are broken
down
> into 52 subgroups, and designed to be representative at the level of
> each subgroup.
>
> When running ineqdeco 2 unexpected things occur:
>
> 1. it refuses to calculate General Entropy measures for the dataset
> taken as a whole (though it does so for between and within group
> components). When I don't specify any decomposition, it still will
not
> calculate measures for dataset as a whole (though inequal7, for
> instance, will).
>
> 2. it leaves out several subgroups in carrying out the decompositions

> (about 15 to 17, depending on the dataset used)  and I can't seem to
> find any systematic reason for this (the sizes of the subgroups
omitted
> are equal to those included weighted or unweighted). The same problem
> occurs when the program is run with and without weights.
>
> I would be very grateful for any advice.
>
> Thank you very much in advance.
>
> Best wishes,
> Emma Samman
>
>
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