NewsThe Science of Inequality

While emerging economies boom, equality goes bust

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Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 832-835
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.832

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Longitudinal surveys, better cross-sectional data, and renewed attention from scholars have exposed extraordinarily high levels of inequality in developing countries. In many parts of the world, the gulf between rich and poor is widening, overturning some predictions about the relationship between development and inequality. A tour of emerging economies shows that people in different countries react to these dispiriting trends in highly varied—and often unexpected—ways.