Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96344
Authors: 
Bigsten, Arne
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/050
Abstract: 
This paper discusses dimensions of inequality in sub-Saharan Africa and their causes. It starts with a review of the empirical evidence about inequality during the colonial period as well as the post-independence era. Then it discusses the forces that determine inequality change, focusing on factor accumulation and structural change. Next it considers the relationship between inequality and growth, the role of agriculture in the development process, the relationships between ethnicity and social stratification and governance, and external influences on inequality. The paper concludes with some comments on what policy interventions can do to reduce inequality.
Subjects: 
inequality
poverty
growth
structural change
endowments
employment
Africa
JEL: 
D31
D33
I24
I32
N37
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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