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Title:Are neighbours equal? Estimating local inequality in three developing countries PDF Logo
Authors:Elbers, Chris
Lanjouw, Peter
Mistiaen, Johan
Özler, Berk
Simler, Ken
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2003/52
Abstract:Based on a statistical procedure that combines household survey data with population census data, this paper presents estimates of inequality for three developing countries at a level of disaggregation far below that allowed by household surveys alone. We show that while the share of within-community inequality in overall inequality is high, this does not necessarily imply that all communities in a given country are as unequal as the country as a whole. In fact, in all three countries there is considerable variation in inequality across communities. We also show that economic inequality is strongly correlated with geography, even after controlling for basic demographic and economic conditions.
Subjects:inequality measurement
Ecuador
Madagascar
Mozambique
JEL:D63
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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