Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/50339
Authors: 
Dombrovsky, Vyacheslav
Kholodilin, Konstantin A.
Siliverstovs, Boriss
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
KOF working papers // KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 287
Abstract: 
We suggest to use information from the state register of personal cars as an alternative indicator of economic inequality in countries with a large share of shadow economy. We illustrate our approach using the Latvian pool of personal cars. Our main finding is that the extent of household economic inequality in Latvia is much larger than officially assumed. The latest officially available estimate of the Gini coefficient is 0.36 for 2005, which is much lower than 0.55 for 2009 reported in our paper.
Subjects: 
Economic inequality
cars
social signaling
Gini index
Latvia
JEL: 
D31
E26
Z13
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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