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A New Data Set Measuring Income Inequality

  • Deininger, Klaus
  • Squire, Lyn

This article presents a new data set on inequality in the distribution of income. The authors explain the criteria they applied in selecting data on Gini coefficients and on individual quintile groups' income shares. Comparison of the new data set with existing compilations reveals that the data assembled here represent an improvement in quality and a significant expansion in coverage although differences in the definition of the underlying data might still affect intertemporal and international comparability. Based on this new data set the authors do not find a systematic link between growth and changes in aggregate inequality. They do find a strong positive relationship between growth and reduction of poverty. Copyright 1996 by Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 10 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 565-91

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Handle: RePEc:oup:wbecrv:v:10:y:1996:i:3:p:565-91
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