Statistical inference for testing gini coefficients: An application for Colombia Academic Article


  • Ensayos Sobre Politica Economica


  • This paper uses Colombian household survey data collected over the 1984-2005 period to estimate Gini coefficients and their corresponding standard errors. We find a statistically significant increase in wage income inequality following the adoption of the liberalization measures during the early 1990s, and mixed evidence from the recovery years that followed the economic recession during the late 1990s. We also find that in several cases the observed differences in the Gini coefficients across cities have not been statistically significant.

publication date

  • 2010/1/1


  • Colombia
  • Gini coefficient
  • Household survey
  • Income inequality
  • Liberalization
  • Recession
  • Standard error
  • Statistical inference
  • Survey data
  • Testing
  • Wages
  • economics
  • evidence
  • household survey
  • income
  • liberalization
  • recession
  • wage

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0120-4483

number of pages

  • 14

start page

  • 225

end page

  • 238