Inequality among world citizens: 1820-1992

François Bourguignon, Christian Morrisson

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Abstract

This paper investigates the distribution of well being among world citizens during the fast two centuries. The estimates show that inequality of world distribution of income worsened from the beginning of the 19th century to World War II and after that seems to have stabilized or to have grown more slowly. In the early 19th century most inequality was due to differences within countries; later, it was due to differences between countries. Inequality in longevity, also increased during the 19th century, but then was reversed in the second half of the 20th century, perhaps mitigating the failure of income inequality to improve in the last decades. (JEL D31, F0, N0, O0).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-744
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume92
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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