Palma resources

Here you can find links to papers on the Palma, and datasets – a work in progress, so please send any I miss.

Latest

Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner, 2016, ‘Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio‘,  Global Policy 7: 25–36; doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12320.

Dataset:
1. Download international Palma Gini data in xls
2. Download UK household Palma Gini data in xls

Full Palma bibliography

Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner, 2015, ‘Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio Revisited‘,  UNDESA Working Paper 143, New York: UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs.

Alex Cobham and Andy Sumner, 2013a, ‘Putting the Gini Back in the Bottle? “The Palma” as a Policy-Relevant Measure of Inequality’, Mimeograph, London: King’s College London.

Alex Cobham and Andy Sumner, 2013b, ‘Is It All About the Tails? The Palma Measure of Income Inequality‘, CGD Working Paper, Washington DC: Center for Global Development.

Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner, 2015, ‘Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio Revisited‘,  UNDESA Working Paper 143, New York: UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs.

Michael Doyle, and Joseph Stiglitz, 2014, ‘Eliminating Extreme Inequality: A Sustainable Development Goal, 2015–2030’, Ethics and International Affairs 28(10), 1–7.

Tim Hazledine, 2014, ‘Does the Centre Hold? Testing Palma’s Proposition (A Comment)’, Development and Change 45(6), 1409–15.

Jose Gabriel Palma, 2006, ‘Globalizing inequality: ‘Centrifugal’ and ‘centripetal’ forces at workDESA Working Paper 35, New York: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Jose Gabriel Palma, 2011, ‘Homogeneous middles vs. heterogeneous tails, and the end of the ‘Inverted-U’: The share of the rich is what it’s all about’, Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1111, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Department of Economics (later published in Development and Change 42(1), 87-153).

Jose Gabriel Palma, 2013, ‘Has the Income Share of the Middle and Upper-Middle been Stable Over Time, or is its Current Homogeneity Across the World the Outcome of a Process of Convergence? The ‘Palma Ratio’ Revisited‘, Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1437, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Department of Economics (later published as 2014a, ‘Has the Income Share of the Middle and Upper-Middle Been Stable Around the “50/50 Rule”, or has it Converged Towards That Level? The “Palma Ratio” Revisited’ in Development and Change 45(6), 1416–48).

Jose Gabriel Palma, 2014b, ‘Why is Inequality so Unequal across the World? Could it be that Every Nation Gets the Inequality it Deserves?’, in J. Stiglitz and K. Basu (eds), Proceedings of IEA Roundtable on Shared Prosperity and Growth.

Max Schröder, 2015, ‘Mythical Measures: The Problem of Objective Inequality Measurement in Economics and the Social Sciences’, Groundings 8: 129–44.

Faiza Shaheen, 2014, Reducing economic inequality as a Sustainable Development Goal: Measuring up the options for beyond 2015, London: New Economics Foundation.

Data

Under construction 

OECD Income Distribution Database (IDD)

UNDP Human Development Report 2014 dataset (Table 3: Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index)