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Inequality in the Distribution of Economic Resources: How it has Changed and what Governments Can Do about it

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Better information on how cash income and other types of resources are distributed within society is critical to address rising concerns about poverty and inequality. This information has implications for policies, as it highlights the importance of national circumstances for the success of different programmes and strategies. By providing information on more homogeneous groups within society, these data are also essential to bridge the gap between official statistics based on macro aggregates for economy‐wide income and individuals' perceptions of their own conditions.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008


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