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Title Inequality in Latin America : breaking with history? / David de Ferranti [and others]
Published Washington, DC : World Bank, ©2004
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 380 pages) : illustrations
Series World Bank Latin American and Caribbean studies. Viewpoints
World Bank Latin American and Caribbean studies. Viewpoints.
Contents Introduction : motivation and conceptual framework -- Different lives : inequality in Latin America -- Group-based inequalities : the roles of race, ethnicity, and gender -- Historical roots of inequality in Latin America -- State-society interactions as sources of persistence and change in inequality -- Economic mechanisms for the persistence of high inequality in Latin America -- Policies on assets and services -- Policies on markets and institutions -- Taxation, public expenditures, and transfers
Summary With the exception of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean has been one of the regions of the world with the greatest inequality. This report explores why the region suffers from such persistent inequality, identifies how it hampers development, and suggests ways to achieve greater equity in the distribution of wealth, incomes and opportunities. The study draws on data from 20 countries based on household surveys covering 3.6 million people, and reviews extensive economic, sociological and political science studies on inequality in Latin America. To address the deep historical roots of inequality in Latin America, and the powerful contemporary economic, political and social mechanisms that sustain it, Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean outlines four broad areas for action by governments and civil society groups to break this destructive pattern: 1) Build more open political and social institutions, that allow the poor and historically subordinate groups to gain a greater share of agency, voice and power in society. 2) Ensure that economic institutions and policies seek greater equity, through sound macroeconomic management and equitable, efficient crisis resolution institutions, that avoid the large regressive redistributions that occur during crises, and that allow for saving in good times to enhance access by the poor to social safety nets in bad times. 3) Increase access by the poor to high-quality public services, especially education, health, water and electricity, as well as access to farmland and the rural services. Protect and enforce the property rights of the urban poor. 4) Reform income transfer programs so that they reach the poorest families
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-380) and index
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Subject Equality -- Caribbean Area
Equality -- Latin America.
Inégalité sociale.
Sociaal-economisch beleid.
Condition économique.
Condition sociale.
Desigualdades sociais -- América latina;caribe.
Economic history.
Fatores socioeconômicos -- América latina;caribe.
História -- América latina;caribe.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
Social conditions
Caribbean Area -- Economic conditions -- 1945-
Caribbean Area -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Latin America -- Economic conditions -- 1982-
Latin America -- Social conditions -- 1982-
Amérique latine.
Caraïbes (Région)
Caribbean Area.
Latin America.
Genre/Form Statistiques (Descripteur de forme)
Form Electronic book
Author De Ferranti, David M.
LC no. 2003063203
ISBN 0821356658