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The Income Distribution Problem in Latin America and the Caribbean

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This publication examines the impact of structural reform on income distribution in the nine countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Distribution in the region is the most unequal in the world, and this publication identifies and discusses the contributing factors.

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Conclusions and policy implications

The distribution problem is one of the most intractable facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Most countries in the region have very high levels of inequality compared with countries elsewhere in the world, and there is little evidence that those levels are falling. Inequality rose during the adjustments and recessions of the 1970s and 1980s, and in most cases it did not go back down despite economic recovery in the 1990s.

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