Policy Impacts on Inequality: Simple Inequality Measures

This module from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) demonstrates a range of ways to measure inequality by using the statistical concepts of location, shape and variability.  

The guide illustrates with step-by-step examples the following measures: the range; the relative mean deviation; the variance; the coefficient of variation; and the standard deviation of logarithms. 


  • Conceptual background
  • A step-by-step procedure to build simple inequality measures
  • A numerical example to calculate simple inequality measures
  • The main properties of simple inequality indexes
  • A synthesis


Bellù, L. G., & Liberati, P. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (2006). Policy impacts on inequality simple inequality measures. Retrieved from website: http://www.fao.org/3/ap247e/ap247e.pdf

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Simon Davies

Dear Emma

Thank you so much for providing the new link. The links in the page are now updated.

Best wishes


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