This paper reviews the existing literature on inequality (including living standards, income, assets, education) in most of the major Asian countries. First, some methodological issues, such as the choice of countries included in the paper as well as data and measurement concerns that it is important to keep in mind are discussed. Sections 3 to 4 discuss levels and trends of inequality. Section 5 enumerates the effects of inequality that have been noted in the literature. Section 6 discusses the determinants of inequality. The last section provides concluding remarks.
Overseas Development Institute, UK, ISBN: 0 85003 782 4, 41 pp.