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Empirical challenges comparing inequality across countries

Daniele Checchi (), Andrej Cupak (), Teresa Munzi and Janet Gornick

No 756, LIS Working papers from LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg

Abstract: This study presents new empirical results, using microdata from the LIS database, on development patterns in economic inequality for a set of countries that are less covered in the empirical literature, mostly due to the lack of appropriate data. After discussing the main challenges when harmonizing income and consumption microdata from middle-income countries, we focus on Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa, in a comparative perspective, and we compare them with a selection of benchmark middle- and high-income countries. We also run country-level regressions to correlate the inequality measures with selected macroeconomic indicators.

Keywords: economic development; equality; Luxembourg Income Study; middle-income countries; survey data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12
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Published in WIDER Working Paper no. 149 (December 2018). United Nations University World Institute for Development Economic Research (WIDER).

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