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Are neighbors equal?

Chris Elbers (), Peter Lanjouw (), Johan Mistiaen, Berk Özler () and Kenneth Simler

No 147, FCND briefs from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abstract: "A methodology to produce disaggregated estimates of inequality is implemented in three developing countries: Ecuador, Madagascar, and Mozambique. These inequality estimates are decomposed into progressively more disaggregated spatial units and the results in all three countries are suggestive that even at a very high level of spatial disaggregation, the contribution of within-community inequality to overall inequality remains very high. The results also indicate there is a considerable amount of variation across communities in all three countries. The basic correlates of local-level inequality are explored, and it is consistently found that geographic characteristics are strongly correlated with inequality, even after controlling for demographic and economic conditions." Authors' Abstract

Keywords: Equality; Spatial analysis (Statistics); Household surveys; Economic conditions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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