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An Islamic Perspective on Inequality in Pakistan

Jehle, Geoffrey (1992): An Islamic Perspective on Inequality in Pakistan. Published in: The Pakistan Development Review , Vol. 31, (1992): pp. 295-316.

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Abstract

This paper examines the distribution of income in Pakistan, and in each of its four provinces, from an explicit and formal Islamic perspective. A cardinally significant Atkinson--Kolm--Sen relative index of inequality reflecting that perspective is proposed and computed from the full $HIES$ data series for the years 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88. There is evidence of a significant decline in overall inequality in Pakistan from 1984-85 to 1987-88, but the level of inequality remains very high. Inter--province and inter--urban/rural differences in inequality profiles within Pakistan and each of its provinces are found to be generally less significant than intra--province and intra--urban/rural differences.

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