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The Pareto distribution is widely used to describe the distribution of incomes. The distribution can be defined by a location parameter c and a shape parameters a. The maximum likelihood estimators (MLE) and the uniform minimum variance unbiased estimators (UMVUE) for parameters a and c are available in current literature. An improved estimator for parameter a will then be found using a frequentist decision theoretic technique. It is then shown that this improved estimator is the generalized bayes estimator for a certain choice of priors; The Lorenz curve is a tool used to evaluate the share of income of sub-populations or to measure the inequality of individual income distributions. The Lorenz curve for the Pareto distribution will be discussed; The Gini coefficient is a summary measure of the Lorenz curve. The Gini coefficient for the Pareto distribution will be shown to be a function of shape parameter a. The MLE of the Gini coefficient will be discussed. An alternative estimator for the Gini coefficient will then be constructed by using the generalized bayes approach.
Coefficients; Constant; Curve; Distribution; Estimating; Gini; Income; Income Distribution; Lorenz Curve; Pareto Income Distribution
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Hodge, Brian Christopher, "Estimating Pareto's constant and Gini coefficient of the Pareto distribution" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3278.
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