the study of the distribution of income summarizes a nation's social organization and the outcome of the forces of social change. The measurement of income distribution itself yields a type of social score-card, the resolution of claims by competing groups for the economy's output. As an indication of social justice, income distribution measures as well the extent to which different groups share in a nation's economic progress.
This paper was published in Latin American Research Review Vol. 11, No. 2 (1976), pp. 71-112
Figueroa, Adolfo and Weisskoff, Richard, "Traversing The Social Pyramid: A Comparative Review Of Income Distribution In Latin America" (1976). Economic Staff Paper Series. 155.