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People in costumes representing politicians, capitalists and retirees during a march against pension administrators, Santiago, Chile, March 26, 2017 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

How Chile’s Bachelet Tried to Tackle Inequality—and Why It’s Still a Problem

Monday, May 15, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about income inequality and poverty reduction in various countries around the world.

When she was inaugurated for her second term in 2014, Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, declared, “Chile has a single enemy and that is inequality and only together can we overcome it.” Despite a struggling economy, she has pursued multiple initiatives intended to achieve that goal, notably education and tax reform. In an email interview, Daniel Hojman, associate professor of economics at the University of Chile, explains how inequality has evolved and whether the issue will be central to the presidential vote planned for November. ...

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