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Convergence in Income Inequality: the Case of Brazilian Municipalities
Código: WPE – 099
Fábio Augusto Reis Gomes
This paper investigates income inequality convergence among 5507 Brazilian municipalities. Two periods are used, 1991 and 2000, and inequality is measured by the Gini index. For the country as a whole, the results suggest that the Brazilian municipalities are converging to an inequality level greater than the current (year 2000) level. However, when regional differences are controlled for, the South region converges to a lower inequality level while the other four regions remain converging to a higher level.