Standard estimates of income and consumption inequality rank Egypt as one of the world’s most equal countries. By analysing data on house prices to obtain a more accurate estimate of the top tail of the income distribution, this column presents evidence that Egyptian inequality is considerably underestimated.
Roy van der WeideThe World Bank
Roy van der Weide is an Economist on the Poverty and Inequality Research team within the Development Research Group of the World Bank. His research is concerned with empirics of inequality of opportunity and poverty reduction, axiomatic approaches to income measurement, spatial econometrics, and the transmission of price inflation and volatility. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.