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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Has Latin America Always Been Unequal?: A Comparative Study of Asset and Income Inequality in the Long Twentieth Century and its chapters. The book assesses the long run comparative development of income and asset inequality within Latin American countries (LACs), tracing its roots back into the colonial era, focusing on the period between 1870 and 2000. It challenges the idea that Latin American inequality has been persistent throughout the post-independence era. The book basically consists of two parts. The first part focuses on the initial conditions of inequality in colonial Latin America and the historical evolution of asset inequality. The second part focuses on the secular trend of income inequality in Latin America since 1870.

Keywords: asset inequality; income inequality; Latin American countries (LACs); long twentieth century



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