Journal Special Issue

Measurement, trends, impacts and policies

Many low- and middle-income countries are achieving good rates of economic growth, while high inequality remains a priority concern. Some countries meanwhile have low growth, high inequality, and pervasive poverty—often linked to their fragility. There is now active debate on how countries should set themselves goals for achieving both absolute poverty reduction and lower inequality. But policy action needs to be better served by analysis and data.

These concerns motivated the UNU-WIDER Conference on 'Inequality: Measurement, trends, impacts, and policies', held in Helsinki, on 5–6 September 2014. The conference featured keynote lectures, invited sessions, contributed parallel sessions and poster-session presentations. Over seventy papers were delivered, of which six now appear in this special issue of The Review of Income and Wealth. These papers have been subject to peer review, and the editor of The Review of Income and Wealth, Professor Conchita D'Ambrosio, was responsible for the overall editorial process.

Table of contents
  1. 1. Inequality: Measurement, trends, impacts and policies
    Tony Addison, Jukka Pirttilä, Finn Tarp
  2. 2. When the centre cannot hold: Patterns of polarization in Nigeria
    Fabio Clementi, Andrew L Dabalen, Vasco Molini, Francesco Schettino
  3. 3. Welfare dynamics measurement: Two definitions of a vulnerability line and their empirical application
    Hai‐Anh H. Dang, Peter Lanjouw
  4. 4. Global inequality: Relatively lower, absolutely higher
    Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Laurence Roope, Finn Tarp
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  5. 5. Cross-sectional versus panel income approaches: Analyzing income distribution changes for the case of Mexico
    Robert Duval-Hernández, Gary S. Fields, George H. Jakubson
  6. 6. Measuring inequality by asset indices: A general approach with application to South Africa
    Martin Wittenberg, Murray Leibbrandt
  7. 7. Estimating the level and distribution of global wealth, 2000–2014
    James B. Davies, Rodrigo Lluberas, Anthony F. Shorrocks
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