Martin Ravallion is the Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown he was at the World Bank, most recently as the Director of the Bank’s research department. He has researched and written on poverty and inequality over many years and advised numerous governments.
The poverty reduction goal already embodies inequality. Even if we agree that it under-values things, it is far from obvious that adding an overall inequality measure is the best corrective. We need to think clearly about what is missing and how b...read more