Title : A New Functional Form for Estimating Lorenz Curves

Authors : Md. Sharif Hossain, and Professor Chikayoshi Saeki

Abstract : The Lorenz curve is a most powerful tool in the analysis of the size distribution of income and wealth. In the past decades, many authors have proposed different functional forms for esti-mating Lorenz curves from grouped data. Most of the functional forms do not fit the data very well for estimating Lorenz curves. That is why, in this paper we proposed a new functional form for estimating Lorenz curves, which provides very good fits?with compared to other functional forms, see for example, Kakwani's and Podder's (1973, 76), Rasche's et all (1980), Kakwani's (1980), Gupta's (1984), and Ortega's (1991) functional forms. On the basis of the new functional form, we derived the formulae of the Gini, Kakwani, and Chakravarty ine-quality indices. Empirical verification of the theoretical construct has been done based on the data set from BBS (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics) publications, "Household Expendi-ture Survey" corresponding to different years.

Journal : " Journal of Business and Economics Research Volume : 1 Year : 2003 Issue : 1
Pages : 43-58 City : Edition : Editors :
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