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Competing concepts of inequality in the globalization debate, Volume 1
Author:Ravallion, Martin; Country:World;
Date Stored:2004/06/08Document Date:2004/03/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Governance Indicators; Economic Theory & Research; Rural Poverty Reduction; Inequality; Services & Transfers to Poor; Poverty Impact Evaluation; Safety Nets and Transfers
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3243Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3243
Volume No:1  

Summary: Differing value judgments in measuring inequality underlie the conflicting factual claims about how much poor people have shared in the economic gains from globalization. Opponents in the debate differ in the extent to which they care about relative inequality versus absolute inequality, vertical inequalities versus horizontal inequalities, and whether they are consistently individualistic in assessing the extent of inequality. The value judgments on these issues made by both sides need greater scrutiny if the globalization debate is to move forward.

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