30195 - ECONOMICS (POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND INCOME DISTRIBUTION)
CLEAM - CLEF - CLEACC - BESS-CLES - BIEMF
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
- Concepts and theories of inequality and poverty:
- Theories of income distribution.
- Theories of justice; The Sen’s approach.
- Inequality, Poverty, Deprivation and Social exclusion.
- Measurement of inequality and poverty in the unidimensional and multidimensional space:
- Positive and normative measures of inequality (the Gini index, the Atkinson index, the generalized Entropy indices) and complete ordering (the Lorenz curve).
- Measurement of poverty (equivalences scales, units, poverty lines).
- Unidimensional and multidimensional measurement of poverty and welfare .
- Income inequality in:
- OECD countries and Italy.
- Developing countries.
- Poverty and policies contrasting poverty in a global context:
- Empowerment, Human Development and Human Poverty Index.
- Pro-poor policies. Food security, nutrition policy and sustainability.
A computer laboratory session with STATA is offered during the semester where students are trained on the computation of poverty and inequality indexes. A lecture from a visiting scholar is held.
- S.R. CHAKRAVARTY, Inequality, Polarization and Poverty. Advances in Distributional Analysis, Springer, 2009, cap. 1, 2, 3, 6.
- W. SALVERDA, B. NOLAN, T. SMEEDING, The Oxford Handbook of Economics Inequality, Oxford University Press, 2010, cap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13.
A list of other references and lecture notes will be posted on the learning space.
No specific prerequisites are required but basic knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomic and statistics. The course is mainly addressed toward students who plan to enroll in the Master of Science.