affluenceIndex-package: Affluence (richness) indices

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This package allows to compute the affluence indices (average affluence gap, income share of the top p %, richness headcount ratio, concave and convex measures of affluence) and to construct the confidence intervals for the affluence indices. The affluence line is defined by the user as multiple of the income median. This package also allows to compute the Medeiros's affluence line which is set as a multiple (defined by the user) of the income median. Additionally, this package allows also to compute some standard inequality and polarization measures: the Gini coefficient, the Palma index, the Wolfson polarization index. All measures may be calculated with weighted data.


Alicja Wolny-Dominiak, Anna Saczewska-Piotrowska
Maintainer: Alicja Wolny-Dominiak


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