Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Egypt's puzzling income inequality

The Arab Spring is the result of growing inequalities and iniquities and has been a wake-up call for the leaders of other countries where a few privileged dominate the masses. That could be a short summary of the commentary coming out the mainstream media about what happened in Tunisia, Libya, Syria and in particular Egypt. And it is all wrong.

Indeed, Vladimir Hlasny and Paolo Verme point out that there is really nothing special about the income distribution in Egypt, and if anything it has become more egalitarian during this millennium. They can turn the data whichever way, same result. However, it appears from the World Value Survey that the tolerance for inequality has sharply declined. And this change must be coming from other factors that the income distribution.

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