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st: constructing a categorical gini measure

From   "Tope, Daniel" <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: constructing a categorical gini measure
Date   Sun, 27 May 2012 16:13:12 +0000

I would like to construct a county-level educational inequality gini measure. I have categorical data on educational attainment for each county. That is, I have the number and percentage of people in each county that have reached each level of education. 

My 16 educational attainment categories are: NoSchool00; Less than 4 Years; 5-6 years; 7-8; 9th grade; 10th grade; 11th grade; 12th grade; High School Grad; some college - less than one year; some college - more than one year; Associates degree; Bachelors degree; Professional degree; Masters degree; and Doctorate.  I assume that each category must be converted into a years of schooling measure. 

Does anyone have any advice on how to construct such a gini measure for each indivdual county? 

Thank you,


Daniel Tope, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Department of Sociology
526 Bellamy Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2270

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