While emerging economies boom, equality goes bust
28 May 2014 | Mara Hvistendahl, Sciencemag
A wave of longitudinal studies tracking income and other metrics has helped to flesh out the picture of economic growth and inequality in developing countries like Indonesia, South Africa, India and China. Those studies reveal growing inequality, which itself may stymie further growth because poor people without access to good education cannot contribute to economies to their full potential. It also appears that cultural factors influence how governments react, and whether citizens accept what seems to be an inevitable march towards greater inequality, or protest it.