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Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review (LACIR) launches


Profound changes have taken place in Latin America over the last 60 years. Income has been multiplied by 2.5 since 1960. A large expansion of education has drastically reduced the inequality in years of schooling. The relative size of the government has doubled. The labor force participation of women surged; fertility rates fell; and economies opened up to technological change and globalization. Why have these changes not been accompanied by substantial reductions in income or wealth inequality? The objective of the Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review (LACIR) is to advance on the understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of Latin America’s persistent high inequality to provide a basis for action intended to make the region more equitable.

Today is the launch of LACIR, a network of renowned scholars on the topic and coordinated by the IDB, Institute for Fiscal Studies, London School of Economics and Yale University.

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. 

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