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Decomposing Monetary Inequality In The Arab Region

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  • SAMI BIBI

    (ERF and Centre Inter-Universitaire sur le Risque, les Politiques Économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE) and Poverty and Econonic Policy (PEP) Network, France;
    Department of Economics, University of Laval Quebec, Canada, G1K 7P4, Canada)

  • ABDELRAHMEN EL LAHGA

    (ERF and Institut Supérieur de Gestion, University of Tunis, 41 rue de la Liberté, 2000 Le Bardo, Tunisia)

Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to perform a decomposition analysis of the inequality level by socioeconomic groups and geopolitical regions of each country to better our understanding of their contribution to overall inequality. This will fill an important gap in knowledge of inequality patterns in the Arab region, by drawing a rough picture of monetary inequality. Our results show that differences in mean income across groups are much larger in Tunisia, Morocco and especially Yemen and account for a much larger proportion of overall inequality.

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  • Sami Bibi & Abdelrahmen El Lahga, 2011. "Decomposing Monetary Inequality In The Arab Region," Middle East Development Journal (MEDJ), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 3(01), pages 99-117.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:medjxx:v:03:y:2011:i:01:n:s179381201100034x
    DOI: 10.1142/S179381201100034X
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