Income Distribution and Growth in the Less-Developed Countries; Equity, Income and Policy: Comparative Studies in Three Worlds of Development; Income Distribution Policy in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Korea

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Income Distribution and Growth in the Less-Developed Countries

Edited by Charles R. Frank, Jr. and Richard C. Webb
Brookings, 1977
641 pp. $9.95
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Equity, Income and Policy: Comparative Studies in Three Worlds of Development

Edited by Irving Louis Horowitz
Praeger, 1977
298 pp.
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Income Distribution Policy in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Korea

By Irma Adelman and Sherman Robinson
Stanford University Press, 1978
346 pp. $12.50
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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.