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Global Inequality: Beyond the Bottom Billion – A Rapid Review of Income Distribution in 141 Countries

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  • Isabel Ortiz
  • Matthew Cummins

    (Division of Policy and Practice,UNICEF)

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This working paper: (i) provides an overview of global, regional and national income inequalities based on the latest distribution data from the World Bank, UNU-WIDER and Eurostat; (ii) discusses the negative implications of rising income inequality for development; (iii) calls for placing equity at the center of development in the context of the United Nations development agenda; (iv) describes the likelihood of inequalities being exacerbated during the global economic crisis; (v) advocates for urgent policy changes at national and international levels to ensure a “Recovery for All”; and, (vi) to serve as a general reference source, Annex 2 provides a summary of the most up-to-date income distribution and inequality data for 141 countries

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Paper provided by UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy in its series Working papers with number 1105.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:uce:wpaper:1105

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Keywords: income inequality; income distribution; quintiles; equity; crisis recovery; development policy;

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Cited by:
  1. Isabel Ortiz & Jingqing Chai & Matthew Cummins, 2011. "Identifying Fiscal Space:Options for Social and Economic Development for Children and Poor Households in 184 Countries," Working papers, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy 1108, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy.
  2. Jan Vandemoortele, 2012. "Equity Begins with Children," Working papers, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy 1201, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy.
  3. Nathalie Chusseau & Joël Hellier, 2012. "Inequality in Emerging Countries," Working Papers hal-00993411, HAL.
  4. Sebastian Jauch & Sebastian Watzka, 2011. "Financial Development and Income Inequality: A Panel Data Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 3687, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Ryan Higgitt, 2013. "Colonialism, Casteism and Development: South-South Cooperation as a ?New? Development Paradigm," Working Papers 112, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  6. Ryan Higgitt, 2013. "South-South Cooperation and Inclusive Growth," One Pager, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 213, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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