LACIR is an independent scholarly endeavour created with the aim of understanding why, despite major structural economic and social change, inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean persists at exceptionally high levels.
The review will focus on inequality along various dimensions, including income, wealth, education, health, and political power.
We study inequality in the region through five broad themes:
Establishing the facts about levels and trends of inequality in outcomes
Analyzing the role of the family and communities in shaping inequality in outcomes and intergenerational mobility
Studying the link between inequality and markets for labor, capital and goods
Considering the limited role that fiscal redistribution plays in the region to level the playing field
Examining how inequality shapes political voice, political representation, social unrest and political outcomes
About the review
LACIR brings together renowned scholars to provide a coherent and comprehensive overview of the inequality problem in the region. The review will entail a mix of in-depth critical reviews of the literature, novel data, and original data analyses.
Fundamentally, LACIR will analyse the present levels of inequality, relative to what is observed elsewhere, with the issue of persistence constantly in mind. We will try to identify permanent and deep factors responsible for inequality being higher than elsewhere.