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UNU-WIDER WP/2012/012 Redistribution without Structural Change in Ecuador: Rising and Falling Income Inequality in the 1990s and 2000s

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WP/012 Redistribution without Structural Change in Ecuador: Rising and Falling Income Inequality in the 1990s and 2000s

This study examines the rise and fall in income inequality in Ecuador over the past two decades. Falling income equality during the 2000s partly coincides with the rise to power of a ‘new leftist’ government, but the trend was already set early in the decade. The recent trend is mainly associated with a recovery from the country’s deep crisis of the late 1990s. The new leftist regime’s social transfer policies helped reduce inequality further, but the continuation of Ecuador’s primary export-based growth model and the lack of structural economic change do not augur for a more structural decline in inequality.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2012/12
Title:
WP/012 Redistribution without Structural Change in Ecuador: Rising and Falling Income Inequality in the 1990s and 2000s
Authors:
Juan Ponce, and Rob Vos
Publication date:
February 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-475-1
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Keywords:
education, welfare, poverty, Ecuador
JEL:
I240, I310, I390
Project:
The New Policy Model, Inequality and Poverty in Latin America: Evidence from the Last Decade and Prospects for the Future
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online

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