June 1, 2010, 6:37 p.m.
Declining Inequality in Latin America, a new book from the Brookings Institution, attempts to locate the causes of declining inequality in four Latin American countries over the last decade and a half. Editors Luis Felipe López-Calva and Nora Claudia Lustig emphasize the roles of technological change, education, and democracy. In chapter 3, James Robinson argues that deepening liberal democratic political institutions have promoted income redistribution. Four case study chapters look at Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.