School of Built Environment & Development Studies

The Unequal Distribution of Inequality in the Argentine Provinces


The Unequal Distribution of Inequality in the Argentine Provinces

Presented By  Professor Lucas González 
 Date Thursday, 12 October 2017
 Time 12h30 to 14h00
 Venue CCS Seminar Room A726, Denis Shepstone Building, Level 7
Lucas Gonzalez


Most Latin American countries have sharply reduced income inequality during the last decade. Despite these improvements at the aggregate national level, inequality within provinces or states in most countries is still enormous. In Argentina, the province of Tierra del Fuego is very equal by Latin American standards: it has a provincial Gini index similar to Canada’s and Australia’s (0.32 in 2011). Salta and Corrientes, in contrast, are the most unequal provinces in Argentina, with Gini indices similar to Guatemala’s and Malawi’s (0.45 and 0.46, respectively). After describing the cases using original income inequality panel data, the study attempts to identify systematic economic, social, and political factors at the provincial level of government related to the changing levels of inequality in the Argentine provinces.

Speaker Bio

Lucas González holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds an MA in Political Science (University of Notre Dame), an MSc in Latin American Studies (University of Oxford), and an MA in Public Policy and Development (Georgetown University-UNSAM). His research interests are federalism, inequality, redistribution, and the political economy of redistributive transfers. He is a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and researcher at the Universidad Católica Argentina. He recently published a book with Routledge and has co-authored two others. He has also written articles for edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, the last of which were published in The Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Journal of Politics in Latin America, among others.