In a collaborative effort across Yale, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the London School of Economics (LSE), and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a new interdisciplinary initiative has been launched to bring together top scholars work on economic and other inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance global understand of how to make the region more equitable. The Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review (LACIR) is led by EGC Affiliate Orazio Attanasio, Ana de la O Torres (Yale Political Science), Francisco Ferreira (LSE), Sonya Krutikova (IFS) and Julian Messina (IADB).
Profound changes have taken place in Latin America over the last 60 years. Income has been multiplied by 2.5 since 1960. A large expansion of education has drastically reduced the inequality in years of schooling. The relative size of the government has doubled. The labor force participation of women surged; fertility rates fell; and economies opened up to technological change and globalization. Why have these changes been accompanied by only partial reductions in income or wealth inequality, which might now be reversed? What drives the high level of inequality in the region and their evolution? How are economic inequalities interrelated with inequality in other dimensions, ranging from health to political voice? The objective of the Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review (LACIR) is to advance our understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of Latin America’s persistent high inequality to provide a basis for action intended to make the region more equitable