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New century, old disparities: gender and ethnic earnings gaps in Latin America and the Caribbean

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Nopo,Hugo (Author)
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
Sep 2012
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9780821386866, http://www19.iadb.org/intal/intalcdi/PE/2012/10588.pdf
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Economic conditions, Women, Social conditions, Latin America, Economic development, Households, Equality, Labor, Income distribution, Wage differentials, International bank for reconstruction and development, Gender relations
323 p., Despite sustained economic growth at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, Latin America and the Caribbean still faces high inequality and weak indicators of well-being among certain population groups. Women, people of African ancestry, and indigenous peoples are often at the bottom of the income distribution. The share of female-headed households rose in the past 20 years. By the beginning of the 1990s, women headed 1.2 percent of complete households (households in which both husband and wife are present) and 79.8 percent of single- head households. This book presents a regional overview of gender and ethnic disparities in labor earnings during this last turn of the century. Latin America and the Caribbean provide a rich environment for studying social inequality, because historical inequalities along gender and ethnic lines persist, despite positive indicators of economic development.