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Economy & Business - July 2019

Eclac report shows mixed findings on inequality and wealth distribution

On 15 January, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) released its annual Social Panorama report detailing inequality and wealth distribution across the region. In Central America, where the period of study was marked by significant social unrest and the manifestation of climactic concerns that look set to shape the subregion’s future, a mixed set of results was reported. The document divides its analysis into socioeconomic inequalities, poverty trends, social spending, structural challenges, and women’s involvement and autonomy in national economies; and with regard to Central America there were some encouraging advances made in the reduction of inequality – although the pace of this decline has slowed universally in Latin America and in the subregion – but it remains to be seen whether this progress can be made permanent.

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