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A Converging or Diverging World?

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    This paper discusses some of the problems of method and data in measuring world inequality. It describes some recent attempts to do so and produces its own estimates. There is no simple answer to the question of whether or not the world is becoming more unequal. If a variety of methods are employed and compared, a complex answer emerges, showing that inequality is both declining in some ways and increasing in others. However, there has clearly been an enormous, recent increase in the gap between the very rich and the very poor.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 2.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:2

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    Keywords: world inequality; poverty; wealth; globalization;

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    1. Ryan Higgitt, 2013. "Colonialism, Casteism and Development: South-South Cooperation as a ?New? Development Paradigm," Working Papers 112, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
    2. Oya, Carlos, 2010. "Rural inequality, wage employment and labour market formation in Africa : historical and micro-level evidence," ILO Working Papers 458221, International Labour Organization.

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