NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Five Centuries of Latin American Inequality

Jeffrey G. Williamson

NBER Working Paper No. 15305
Issued in August 2009

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This paper is a revision of “History without Evidence: Latin American Inequality since 1491” presented to the conference on A Comparative Approach to Inequality and Development: Latin America and Europe (Madrid: May 8-9, 2009) and to the Inequality Session of the World Economic History Congress (Utrecht: August 3-7, 2009). I acknowledge with gratitude: comments on the paper and previous discussions on the topic with Daron Acemoglu, Bob Allen, Lety Arroyo Abad, Carlos Bazdresch, Luis Bértola, John Coatsworth, Rafa Dobado, Regina Grafe, Alejandra Irigoin, Peter Lindert, Branko Milanovic, Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Jaime Salgado, Dick Salvucci, Blanca Sánchez-Alonso, Sam Williamson and participants at seminars at CIDE (October 2007), Canterbury (March 2009), ANU RSSS-Economics (April 2008), Warwick (May 2008), Paris GlobalEuronet Summer School (July 2008), Barcelona (October 2008), IISH (October 2008), the Wisconsin AE Development Workshop (October 2008), and the Michigan Development/History Workshop (December 2008); and, especially, generous help with the data from Amilcar Challu. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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