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Poverty and Income Distribution in Latin America: The Story of the 1980s

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  • Psacharopoulos, G.
  • Morley, S.
  • Fiszbein, A.
  • Lee, H.
  • Wood, B.

Abstract

This report presents an update of poverty and income distribution statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean and examines the trends in these statistics during the 1980s. The document also provides a series of nonmonetary social indicators to help complete the profile of living conditions in the region. Latin America has historically exhibited a high degree of income inequality relative to other regions of the world, and the results of this study indicate that this continues to be true. Although social indicators generally improved during the 1980s, intracountry statistical breakdowns show high levels of variability across several criteria, including mothers' and women's educational levels, urban and rural settings, and ethnicity and income groups.

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  • Psacharopoulos, G. & Morley, S. & Fiszbein, A. & Lee, H. & Wood, B., 1997. "Poverty and Income Distribution in Latin America: The Story of the 1980s," Papers 351, World Bank - Technical Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobate:351
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    1. -, 2002. "Social Panorama of Latin America 2000-2001," Panorama Social de América Latina, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), number 1212 edited by Eclac, December.
    2. Morley, Samuel A., 2000. "The effects of growth and economic reform on income distribution in Latin America," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), August.
    3. Handa, Sudhanshu & King, Damien, 2000. "Changes in the distribution of income and the New Economic Model in Jamaica," Series Históricas 57, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    4. Gruber, Lloyd & Kosack, Stephen, 2014. "The tertiary tilt: education and inequality in the developing world," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 54202, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Miguel Székely & Nora Lustig & Martin Cumpa & José Antonio Mejía-Guerra, 2000. "¿Sabemos qué tanta pobreza hay?," Research Department Publications 4240, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    6. Jimenez, Emmanuel & Patrinos, Harry Anthony, 2003. "Curious George: the enduring Psacharopoulos legacy on the economics of education in developing countries," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(5), pages 451-454, October.
    7. Miguel Szekely & Nora Lustig & Martin Cumpa & Jose Antonio Mejia, 2004. "Do we know how much poverty there is?," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(4), pages 523-558.
    8. Miguel Székely, 2001. "Los años 90 en América Latina: otra década de desigualdad persistente, pero con un poco menos de pobreza," Research Department Publications 4272, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    9. Gruber, Lloyd & Kosack, Stephen, 2014. "The Tertiary Tilt: Education and Inequality in the Developing World," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 253-272.
    10. Miguel Székely, 2001. "The 1990s in Latin America: Another Decade of Persistent Inequality, but with Somewhat Lower Poverty," Research Department Publications 4271, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    11. Grindle, Merilee, 2001. "Designing Reforms: Problems, Solutions, and Politics," Working Paper Series rwp01-020, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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    Keywords

    POVERTY ; INCOME ; STATISTICS;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government

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