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Poverty, Inequality, and Policy in Latin America

Stephan Klasen and Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann


High inequality in incomes and assets and persistent poverty continue to plague Latin America and remain a central economic policy challenge for Latin American policymakers. At the same time, improved methods and data allow researchers to analyze these problems and how they are affected by economic policy. In this book, experts on Latin American economic affairs use these approaches to examine the dynamics of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the ability of the policy to address them. The contributors first analyze the historical evolution of inequality in Latin America, examining su ... More

Keywords: economic policy, historical inequality, earnings inequality, racial discrimination, impact evaluation, modeling techniques, Bolivian devaluation, Bolivian dollarization, Oportunidades, tax-benefit system

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262113243
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262113243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephan Klasen, editor

Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann, editor

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Poverty, Inequality, and Policy in Latin America: An Introduction

Klasen Stephan, and Nowak-Lehmann Felicitas

I The Transmission of Poverty and Inequality in Latin America

II Spatial Dimensions of Poverty and Inequality in Latin America

III Economic Policy, Poverty, and Inequality in Latin America

8 The Impact of Brazil’s Tax-Benefit System on Inequality and Poverty

Immervoll Herwig, Levy Horacio, Nogueira José Ricardo, O’Donoghue Cathal, and Bezerra de Siqueira Rozane