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Title:Income distribution and development: Rhodesia and Malawi compared
Authors:Jones, Robert A.
Robinson, Roger J.
Year:1976
Periodical:Rhodesian Journal of Economics
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:91-101
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Malawi
Subjects:income distribution
economic development
Abstract:Theoretically communities which fall into the subsistence and advanced stages of development enjoy the greatest equalities in income distribution since by definition they embrace the greatest homogeneity of population. Communities in the intermediate stage of development suffer from the greatest degrees of income inequality as their population is spread over subsistence and industrial ways of life. The course of development which Rhodesia is following is typically capitalistic. Its stage of development presents a degree of inequality approaching the greatest that it could expect at any time in its development. In Malawi development has not yet reached the stage of Rhodesia's. Its small and unsophisticated industrial sector, with most of its working population engaged in the lower forms of production or else employed outside the country reduces its income inequality below that of Rhodesia's. Next to these factors there are several other which affect the degree on inequality. The authors have drawn some hypotheses of which the test results (Lorenz curve + Gini co-efficient) are shown in several tables.
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