Is Indonesia Doing Enough to Fight Inequality?

A woman walks by a slum in front of an apartment construction site, Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 14, 2014 (AP photo photo Tatan Syuflana).
A woman walks by a slum in front of an apartment construction site, Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 14, 2014 (AP photo photo Tatan Syuflana).
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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on income inequality and poverty reduction in various countries around the world. Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently pledged that his administration would focus on reducing economic disparities in 2017, and he called on his ministers to accelerate the implementation of the government’s poverty-eradication programs. In an email interview, Matthew Wai-Poi, a senior economist at the World Bank, discusses inequality in Indonesia. WPR: What is the rate of income inequality in Indonesia, what are the latest trends in terms of widening or lessening inequality, and what are the main factors […]

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