Introduction to Inequality

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Inequality is a complex concept and is difficult to measure. Excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and lower economic growth. Learn more about the inequality, its causes and consequences and how the IMF helps countries in tackling inequality.   

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IMF's work on Inequality

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The IMF analyzes inequality trends and supports countries in designing policies to tackle inequality. The IMF’s extensive work on inequality is reflected in its policy papers and a large body of cross-country and country-specific analytical work.  

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