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Venezuela's Income Disparity Contrary to Latin American Trends, Lustig's Inequality Study Shows

August 25th, 2010

August 25, 2010

Tulane Professor of Latin American Economics, Nora Lustig along with co-editor Luis F. López-Calva of the recently published Declining Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Progress? were referenced in an article titled “Chavez’s Socialist Populism Perpetuates Inequality,” in Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper.

The article cites research from the Lustig and López-Calva study, ranking Venezuela behind 12 other nations in the region for income disparities between the rich and poor.

Read the complete article here: Chavez’s Socialist Populism Perpetuates Inequality

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A recent review of Lustig’s book in Foreign Affairs, a Council of Foreign Relations publication:

Latin America is infamous for its yawning gaps between the very rich and the very poor. It is big news, therefore, that this deeply entrenched disgrace is showing signs of reversal. Over the last decade, according to the number-crunching economists assembled in this book, inequality measurably declined in 12 of 17 countries. The volume attributes this to two factors: the massive expansion of elementary schooling during the past decades, which narrowed the earnings gap between high-skilled and low-skilled workers, and carefully targeted government programs that transferred cash to the poor. (Democratization has helped, too.) The persistence of this redistributive momentum will depend, the editors contend, on progressive tax reforms. This is an important, evidence-rich study that directly challenges the notion that globalization inevitably widens income gaps in developing nations. Foreign Affairs, 2010.

See more information on Declining Inequality in Latin America.

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