In This Review

Income Distribution and Growth in the Less-Developed Countries
Income Distribution and Growth in the Less-Developed Countries
Edited by Charles R. Frank, Jr. and Richard C. Webb
Brookings, 1977, 641 pp.
Equity, Income and Policy: Comparative Studies in Three Worlds of Development
Equity, Income and Policy: Comparative Studies in Three Worlds of Development
Edited by Irving Louis Horowitz
Praeger, 1977, 298 pp.
Income Distribution Policy in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Korea
Income Distribution Policy in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Korea
By Irma Adelman and Sherman Robinson
Stanford University Press, 1978, 346 pp.

The Brookings book was funded by the U.S. AID, and the Korean study by the World Bank, while the Horowitz volume stems from meetings of the American Political Science Association. That spread testifies to the range of interests generated by ideas about greater equity in the distribution of income (which to most people means more equality). How difficult it is to alter distributional patterns unless that is made a major goal of a society and is pursued by a variety of means is borne out by all three studies.