Global Inequality: Beyond the bottom billion Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins

This working paper provides an overview of global, regional and national income inequalities based on the latest distribution data; discusses the negative implications of rising income inequality; and describes the likelihood of inequalities being exacerbated during the global economic crisis. It calls for placing equity at the center of development in the context of the UN development agenda and advocates urgent policy changes at national and international levels to ensure a “Recovery for All”. It also provides a summary of the most up-to-date income distribution and inequality data for 141 countries.

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