Poverty and Inequality in a Globalizing

Ichiro Kawachi and Sarah Wamala

in Globalization and Health

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172997
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865659 | DOI:
 Poverty and Inequality in a Globalizing

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This chapter describes trends in global poverty and inequality during the recent era of globalization. The first section reviews the evidence on global trends in poverty during the past two decades. The second section examines the evidence on trends in income inequality. The third section summarizes the current debates concerning whether the forces of globalization—in particular, increased trade and the closer integration of developing countries into the global economy—are responsible for the observed trends in poverty and inequality. The final section draws out some implications of globalization for the future of poverty and inequality in the world.

Keywords: globalization; poverty; inequality; global trends

Chapter.  10677 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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