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Income Inequality In Urban Colombia: A Decomposition Analysis


  • Gary S. Fields


The persistence of poverty and income inequality in less developed countries (LDCs) is a source of serious concern to development economists. To understand the structure of inequality, several researchers using a variety of methodologies have measured the importance of various contributory factors to overall income variability. The available literature—which now includes studies of Brazil, Mexico, Iran, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Pakistan, and Colombia‐has been reviewed elsewhere (Fields, forthcoming). This paper presents additional evidence for urban Colombia, in the process raising some important methodological issues which bear on the design of future research studies. The data set used in this paper is described in Section I. The decomposition of Colombian inequality by functional income source is presented in Section 11 for micro data. Section I11 examines the robustness of source decomposition procedures to data aggregation. Section IV presents inequality decompositions by city, and Section V by other income‐determining characteristics. Conclusions appear in Section VI.

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  • Gary S. Fields, 1979. "Income Inequality In Urban Colombia: A Decomposition Analysis," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 25(3), pages 327-341, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:25:y:1979:i:3:p:327-341
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.1979.tb00102.x

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