Rethinking Inequality in Arab Countries - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/EDID/2019/2

Country: Syrian Arab Republic

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Shared Economic Prosperity

Focus Area: Financing for development, Inclusive development

Initiatives: Addressing multidimensional poverty

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Arab countries, Education, Health, Social conditions, Cost of living, Living conditions, Men, Women

Rethinking Inequality in Arab Countries

January 2019

The Rethinking Inequality in Arab States report fills knowledge gaps about inequality in the Arab region, using a multidimensional approach that focuses on non-income dimensions: Health, education and living conditions.  A primary motivation for this study has been the availability of harmonized household data following the Arab Multidimensional Poverty report (ESCWA et al, 2017) and that provides a unique opportunity to examine trends in outcome and opportunity inequalities between selected social, economic, spatial and demographic groups (rich and poor, men and women, rural and urban, educated and non-educated, etc.). After providing a thorough assessment of inequalities, of outcomes and of opportunities, the report provides an in-depth analysis on the drivers of inequality including poor economic structures, poor governance and rentierism. It also provides some policy and further research considerations.

This report is a joint collaboration between the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) that rethinks the conventional wisdom on Arab inequality.

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