About the Review
Latin American inequality has persisted at exceptionally high levels despite clear social pressures for its reduction and the conviction, shared by many, that excessive inequality is detrimental to economic progress.
LACIR brings together high-level scholars to provide a coherent and comprehensive overview of the inequality problem in Latin America, through a mix of in-depth critical reviews of the literature, new data, and new analyses.
Our Review will go beyond a description of the region’s high inequality levels and seek an understanding of why despite major structural economic and social change, Latin America’s inequality exceptionalism has persisted for probably the last 70 years.
The LACIR panel will commission background papers from a range of experts and produce two scholarly volumes:
One containing a selection of the commissioned studies, and another synthesizing the findings and conclusions of the panel itself. A series of conferences and workshops will be organized to collect and discuss the evidence and analysis under review.
LAC KEY FACTS
Income inequality in LAC decreased, but it is still the higher than comparable economies
The richest top 1% holds the largest share of income
Change in income inequality after taxes and transfers is lower than in developed countries
Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments
Enrolment in Higher education:
Enrolment in higher education substantially higher in high- than low-income population
Labour informality hits 80% among the poorest population