Janet Currie, 13 March 2017

Has inequality in mortality been going up or down? In this video, Janet Currie discusses why this inequality has been decreasing. This video was recorded at the American Economic Association in Chicago in January 2017.

Tony Atkinson, Salvatore Morelli, 26 March 2014

Inequality – long ignored – is now centre stage in debate about economic policy around the globe. This column introduces the Chartbook of Economic Inequality, a summary of long-run changes in economic inequality for 25 countries over more than 100 years.

Angus Deaton, 20 March 2014

The world has become healthier and wealthier since 1960, as measured by life expectancy and GDP per capita. In this column Angus Deaton introduces his new book and argues that the world is indeed a better place than it used to be, albeit with big setbacks, and that progress opens up vast inequalities.

Dierk Herzer, Peter Nunnenkamp, 01 April 2012

The longstanding debate on aid effectiveness has failed to produce conclusive evidence that aid promotes economic growth. This sad result of 40 years of research still leaves some hope. This column argues that foreign aid could help improve economic conditions of the poorest population segments and narrow income gaps. However, the data seems to indicate aid has actually widened the gap between the rich and the poor.

Francesco Trebbi, Atif Mian, Amir Sufi, 21 February 2012

Political environments appear systematically different in the aftermath of a financial crisis relative to before the crisis. This column argues that the ensuing gridlock and the delay in potentially beneficial policy reforms should come as no surprise.

Jeffrey Williamson, 12 September 2009

Latin America is much more unequal than Asia and the rich post-industrial nations, and some have argued that high inequality appeared very early in the post-conquest Americas. This column says that Latin America was indeed unequal on the eve of its industrial revolution, but less unequal than Western Europe on the eve of its industrial revolution. The uniqueness of Latin American inequality is its twentieth century history, not the four centuries prior.

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