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Wellbeing inequality in retrospect

de la Escosura, Leandro (2018) Wellbeing inequality in retrospect. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (20 Jun 2018). Website.

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Rising trends in GDP per capita are often interpreted as reflecting rising levels of general wellbeing. But GDP per capita is at best a crude proxy for wellbeing, neglecting important qualitative dimensions. This column explores the long-term trends in global wellbeing inequality using a new dataset. Inequality indices reflecting various aspects of wellbeing are shown to have been declining since WWI, unlike real GDP per capita inequality. Leandro de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III) writes on his recent paper for the 2nd annual LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Run Development in Latin America.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I31 - General Welfare; Basic Needs; Living Standards; Quality of Life; Happiness
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 14:35
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2021 23:19

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