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How Much Should We Care About Changing Income Inequality in the Course of Economic Growth?

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This paper asks how much we should care about changes in Lorenz curves and standard inequality measures when economic growth takes place. I conclude that these changes are of some importance but that other aspects of inequality and poverty are more important.

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2007-03-01

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Inequality; poverty; pro-poor growth

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Required Publisher Statement: Copyright by Elsevier. Final version published as Fields, G. (2007). How much should we care about changing income inequality in the course of economic growth? Journal of Policy Modeling, 29, 577-585. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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