Why is Inequality Back on the Agenda?

Posted: 11 Apr 2017

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Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nora Lustig

Tulane University

Date Written: 2000


This paper investigates the reasons why inequality, and distribution more generally, have come to the fore in the development discourse at the turn of the century, after a period of relative neglect in the 1980s. The paper considers, in particular the analysis of (a) efficiency and equity, (b) growth and distribution, (c) recent changes in inequality, (d) recent work on the complex patterns of inequality change in developing countries, and (e) inequality between countries. All of these different strands of analyses have ensured that inequality will be prominent on the development agenda in the decade to come.

Keywords: Welfare and Poverty; Economic Development; Economic Growth; Comparative Studies of Countries

JEL Classification: I3; O1; O4; O57

Suggested Citation

Kanbur, Ravi and Lustig, Nora Claudia, Why is Inequality Back on the Agenda? (2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2948957

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Tulane University ( email )

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