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Income polarization in Brazil, 2001-2011: A distributional analysis using PNAD data

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  • Clementi, F.
  • Schettino, F.

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This paper applies a non-parametric tool, the “relative distribution”, to identify patterns of changes in Brazil’s household income distribution over the period 2001-2011. Despite the sharp decline in income inequality recently experienced by the country, we are able to document an increased income polarization, which has particularly affected households below the median. The results call directly into question the future sustainability and equity of existing social programs dealing with the unequal distribution of resources.

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Paper provided by Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA) in its series 2013 Second Congress, June 6-7, 2013, Parma, Italy with number 149891.

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Keywords: Brazil; income distribution; relative distribution; polarization; International Development; Political Economy; C14; D31; D63;

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