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Type Journal Article
Title The slippery slope: explaining the increase in extreme poverty in urban Brazil, 1976-96
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1999
URL http://siteresources.worldbank.org/BRAZILINPOREXTN/Resources/3817166-1185895645304/4044168-118633127​8301/43pub_br109.pdf
Abstract
During the turbulent years 1976-96, aggregate data for Brazil appear to show only small changes in mean income, inequality, and incidence of poverty - suggesting little change in the distribution of income. But a small group of urban households - excluded from formal labor markets and safety nets - was trapped in indigence. Based on welfare measured in terms of income alone, the poorest part of urban Brazil has experienced two lost decades.

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