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Inequality in Asia and the Pacific in the Era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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This publication reviews the region's inequality trends, challenges and achievements and identifies policy gaps across the three dimensions of inequality--inequality of outcome, inequality of opportunity and inequality of impact. It also discusses the potential impact of rapid and disruptive technological advances, such as machine learning, and puts forward a broad set of policy recommendations for reducing all forms of inequality for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its core tenant of "leaving no one behind".

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Executive summary

“A rising tide lifts all boats” they say. It is a neat aphorism – build up the economic engine, and everyone will benefit. But a closer inspection of facts and historical evidence across economies reveals large variations in the tidal range – some boats, probably yachts, have indeed been lifted but others languish on the mudflats. While economic growth and productivity increases bring great rewards, they have by no means been evenly distributed – and this comes at a significant cost for people, prosperity and the planet.

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