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Nature and Dynamics of Inequalities in Ghana*

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This article analyzes forms, structure, drivers and implications of inequalities in Ghana; examines its political economy and suggests remedial policy options and challenges. Regarding economic inequalities, it shows that despite a general reduction in the incidence of income poverty, its depth has increased: with a wider income distribution gap between the poorest and richest households; marked disparities between the well-endowed South and the impoverished North; and a gendered bias in the distribution of wealth assets. Overall, the non-diversified nature of Ghana’s recent rapid growth has not boosted employment or reduced inequalities.

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  • Eric Osei-Assibey, 2014. "Nature and Dynamics of Inequalities in Ghana*," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 57(3-4), pages 521-530, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:57:y:2014:i:3-4:p:521-530
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    1. UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, "undated". "Drivers of Income Inequality in Burkina Faso, Ghana and the United Republic of Tanzania: A comparative analysis," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2017-15, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.

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