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The Historical Roots of Inequality in Latin America

by Ken Sokoloff and James Robinson. Reading for week of November 9, 2004.

Chapter 4 from "Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean: Breaking with History?" the World Bank's major annual research study on Latin America and Caribbean. The book explores why the region suffers from such persistent inequality, identifies how it hampers development, and suggests ways to achieve greater equity in the distribution of wealth, incomes and opportunities.

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