Survey estimates suggest that inequality in the Middle East is not particularly high despite considerable political conflict. This VoxEU column uses new ‘distributional national accounts’ data to show that the Middle East is in fact the most unequal region in the world, with both enormous inequality between countries and large inequality within countries. The results emphasise the need to develop mechanisms of regional redistribution and to increase transparency on income and wealth data.
Facundo AlvaredoResearch Fellow, Paris School of Economics; Research Affiliate, CEPR
Facundo Alvaredo is a Research Fellow, Paris School of Economics; Research Affiliate, CEPR. He received his PhD in Economics, Paris School of Economics, 2008. His research focuses on public economics, personal taxation, income and wealth concentration and economic history.