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The International Monetary Fund, an organization of 189 countries focusing such issues as global monetary cooperation, financial stability, sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty, has developed a microsite for resources on the subject of inclusion and economic inequality (http://inequality.elibrary.imf.org/).

The website brings together books, original research, statistical data, and more in a searchable interface.  Browse the whole collection or limit by region using an interactive map filter and/or series or author.

Topics in the Inclusion and Economic Inequality IMF site include:

  • Poverty and Homelessness
  • Social Public Policy
  • Economic Development
  • Significant works to date include*:

Gender Inequality Index – An index for measurement of gender disparity that was introduced in the 2010 Human Development Report 20th anniversary edition by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Use the interactive map to limit by region and/or date.

Inequality in Fiscal Policy – The book delves into this discussion by analyzing fiscal policy and its link with inequality. Fiscal policy is the government’s most powerful tool for addressing inequality. It affects households ‘consumption directly (through taxes and transfers) and indirectly (via incentives for work and production and the provision of public goods and individual services such as education and health). An important message of the book is that growth and equity are not necessarily at odds; with the appropriate mix of policy instruments and careful policy design, countries can in many cases achieve better distributional outcomes and improve economic efficiency.

Financial Development, Inequality, and Poverty: Some International Evidence – This paper provides evidence on the link between financial development and income distribution. Several dimensions of financial development are considered: financial access, efficiency, stability, and liberalization.

To investigate more IMF resources from UBC Library, go to IMF eLibrary and IMF eLibrary Data.

For research help using the IMF sources or for general research support, call us at (604) 822-2725, email hssd.library@ubc.ca, or drop by Koerner Library Research Help Desk.

* Inclusion and Economic Inequality IMF site

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