Dombrovsky, Vyacheslav Kholodilin, Konstantin A. Siliverstovs, Boriss
Year of Publication:
DIW Discussion Papers 1153
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.
Economic inequality cars social signaling Gini index Latvia