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Handbook of Income Distribution by Francois Bourguignon, Anthony B. Atkinson

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Chapter 9

Recent Trends in Inequality and Poverty in Developing Countries

Facundo Alvaredo*; Leonardo Gasparini    * EMod/OMI-Oxford University, Paris School of Economics, and CONICET, Oxford, UK CEDLAS-FCE-Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and CONICET, La Plata, Argentina

Abstract

This chapter reviews the empirical evidence on the levels and trends in income/consumption inequality and poverty in developing countries. It includes a discussion of data sources and measurement issues, evidence on the levels of inequality and poverty across countries and regions, an assessment of trends in these variables since the early 1980s, and a general discussion of their determinants. There has been tremendous progress in the measurement of inequality ...

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