The Resource The disconcerting pyramids of poverty and inequality of Sub-Saharan Africa, prepared by Paulo Silva Lopes

The disconcerting pyramids of poverty and inequality of Sub-Saharan Africa, prepared by Paulo Silva Lopes

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The disconcerting pyramids of poverty and inequality of Sub-Saharan Africa
Title
The disconcerting pyramids of poverty and inequality of Sub-Saharan Africa
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prepared by Paulo Silva Lopes
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Language
eng
Summary
Poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) should not be ascertained only on the basis of scarce and unreliable income distribution statistics, but should also take into account social conditions. Recent, widely disseminated claims that poverty and inequality have increased over the past 30 years are based on regional income estimates with falling medians and rising upper variances over that period. Graphically, this translates into pyramid-shaped income distributions that, perversely, shift to the left and widen over time. However, during the same period social indicators improved significantly (if insufficiently), and we argue in this paper that such a trend represents progress with social equity in SSA. This point is illustrated through the configuration of alternative "social pyramids" that move for most of the last 30 years in the right direction. However, more recently, social indicators are being set back by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which will generate greater and more dehumanizing poverty in the years ahead even if meaningful economic growth is achieved. As underscored by the multiplicity of "pyramid" representations, poverty and inequality time trends in SSA can thus best be described as disconcerting in that they remain arguably illusive and definitely disturbing
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digitized
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OCLCE
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international or intergovernmental publication
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illustrations
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no index present
LC call number
HG3881.5.I58
LC item number
W67 no.05/47
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
IMF working paper
Series volume
WP/05/47
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The disconcerting pyramids of poverty and inequality of Sub-Saharan Africa, prepared by Paulo Silva Lopes
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 21-23)
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cr
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black and white
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txt
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ocn646978090
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1 online resource (23 pages)
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online
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9781451906028
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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illustrations
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.b37160023
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Electronic reproduction.
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  • (OCoLC)646978090
  • imf1451906021
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Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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