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Economic Inequality in Kathmandu: A Multi-Indicator Perspective

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Economic Inequality in Kathmandu: A Multi-Indicator Perspective

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Title: Economic Inequality in Kathmandu: A Multi-Indicator Perspective
Author: Wagle, Udaya R.
Subject(s): Kathmandu, economic inequality
Multi-indicator, Nepal
Abstract: Studying economic inequality is increasingly important because of its multidimensional effects on human and societal well-being. This paper examines economic inequality in Kathmandu using wealth, income, and consumption as its indicators. Amidst the finding that wealth, income, and consumption have mutually reinforcing relationships, recent survey data indicate that high income may not necessarily accumulate into wealth as normally expected. Data also show that the household and householder characteristics somewhat differ when it comes to explaining disparities in household wealth, income, and consumption. The suggestion that spatial segregation, human capital and capability, inheritance, and household composition are important determinants of economic inequality—with almost no systematic role for discrimination—provides enormous implications for policies aimed at curbing economic inequality in Kathmandu.
Date: 2006-03-13
Series: Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy
Vol. 1, No. 1, 2006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/1697

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