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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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Why the distribution of income in Latin America is so unequal

The comparative figures on equality by region in chapter I make it clear that high inequality is not a recent phenomenon. It is not just a result of the recessions of the 1980s or the economic reforms, but comes from conditions going back far into the past. This chapter addresses the question of why this is so. What structural factors, environmental conditions or government policies can explain such high and persistent inequality?

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