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Title:The Distribution of Welfare in Uganda
Authors:Okwi, Paul O.
Kaija, Darlison
Year:2000
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:16
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:71-93
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:income distribution
household budget
Economics and Trade
Economics, Commerce
poverty
Welfare economics
Household consumption
economic models
Abstract:Uganda seems to have focused more on economic growth and less on equity. After ten years of positive economic growth, the authors explore the levels of welfare distribution in Uganda since 1986, using household consumption expenditure as a measure of welfare. Data were derived from a household survey conducted by the Economic Policy Research Centre in the first quarter of 1997. The major findings of the analysis are that the poor are predominantly found in the rural areas, are less educated, have larger household sizes, and are primarily agricultural workers. They lack basic services and amenities and have very low levels of expenditure. Inequality levels are high in Uganda as shown by summary measures of inequality such as the Gini coefficient, the Lorenz curve and the Atkinson index. There is also some divergence in welfare distribution across regions. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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