Inequalities in Asia: The interaction with growth, structural change, economic openness and social and political structures

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Welcome to all interested in participating in the dialogue about Inequalities in Asia. Only when papers depart too much from normal standards of conference papers have we rejected them. Since we believe that values are necessarily involved in all papers, no paper has been rejected for ideological or political reasons. In the present situation, characterized by multifaceted and complex threats to humankind, we need an open, pluralistic debate in line with normal ideas of democracy. Participation in the discussion is not limited to the authors of posted papers and we hope that all interested WEA members will contribute to the dialogue. We look forward to a constructive dialogue.

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All papers are available for readers on this website. Commentators can write on specific papers or on several papers together. They can also make general comments on the conference. Comments on several papers, the themes discussed and/or on general issues can be posted on the “General Comments” page. If you are not a WEA member, please feel invited to join us by going to the WEA website to register (no fee required):

According to rules of fruitful dialogue, we expect authors to respond to the comments on their papers as well as on related general remarks.


It is generally recognized that inequalities of various kinds have been exacerbated during the period of globalization. This is true of global/regional inequalities as well as within-country disparities, except in a few countries where very conscious policies have been taken to reverse this. Concerns with growing inequality extend well beyond issues of justice and fairness, since the degree of economic inequality also affects social cohesion and political instability, and can also have negative implications for economic growth and sustainability. This conference will focus on various aspects of inequality in South, Southeast and East Asia from the broader perspective of examining their interlinkages with other economic, social and political processes. This region is known to have been among the most dynamic in terms of income growth as well as structural change, and the evidence of increasing inequalities is also marked in several major countries of the region.

The Papers

How Close Does the Apple Fall to the Tree? Some Evidence on Intergenerational Occupational Mobility from India

Using data from the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) 2005, we examine intergenerational occupational mobility in India, an issue on which very few systematic and rigorous studies exist. We group individuals into classes and document patterns of mobility at the …
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