World Income Distribution and Asian Economic Development: 1820-2003. The International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) ’ workshop on "Development Experiences and Policy Options for a Changing World ” 3-5 th June, 2007 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China Ikemoto Yukio
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The International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs)’ workshop on
"Development Experiences and Policy Options
for a Changing World”
3-5th June, 2007
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Institute of Oriental Culture
The University of Tokyo
KOKUBUN Keisuke, IKEMOTO Yukio and HAMASHIMA Atsuhiro, "Asian Economic Development in World Income Distribution: 1820-1996," The Memoirs of The Institute of Oriental Culture no.149, 2006.3, pp. 33-56.
Theil Index = Between-region component
+ within-region component
Between-region component = Inequality which ignores inequality within each region
Within-region component = Sum of weighted regional inequality
(1) Asian economies were catching up the Western countries, which decreased world income inequality.
(2) The catching-up process in Asia increased inequality in Asia.
This part is based on
Kurata Masamitsu, “Economic Analysis of Inequality: Reconsideration of Concepts and Estimation of World Income Inequality” March 2007.
Japanese exploited Asian people ….?
(1) Amartya Sen, Inequality Reexamined, 1992.
This book insists to consider inequality in terms of capability rather than income because income is an inappropriate indicator of human well-being. This applies to poverty.
(2) Wilkinson, The Impact of Inequality, 2006.
This book analyzes the impact of inequality on health. In more unequal society, people suffer health problems more.