Kenya: Income Distribution and Poverty: An Unfashionable View

For anyone in any way familiar with recent writings on Kenya, both those of the Left and of the most respectable of international organisations, to think of Kenya is to think of inequality. The author argues that there has been too much emphasis on inequality, and suggests that it is possible in Kenya for some of the poor to have become less poor, and that the increase in inequality resulting from such improvement is not to be deplored. His theme, in short, is the need to temper a concern for inequality with proper attention to absolute levels of living. The discussion is based not on research, but rather on a search of the literature and on reflection. Sections: Ananalysis of the economy (economic structure; economic growth; income distribution; distribution of land; income levels) – The inadequacy of the focus on inequality (redistribution with qrowth; employment, incomes and equality. types of inequality). Ref., table.

Title: Kenya: Income Distribution and Poverty: An Unfashionable View
Author: Hazelwood, Arthur
Year: 1978
Periodical: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume: 16
Issue: 1
Period: March
Pages: 81-95
Language: English
Geographic term: Kenya
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/159766
Abstract: For anyone in any way familiar with recent writings on Kenya, both those of the Left and of the most respectable of international organisations, to think of Kenya is to think of inequality. The author argues that there has been too much emphasis on inequality, and suggests that it is possible in Kenya for some of the poor to have become less poor, and that the increase in inequality resulting from such improvement is not to be deplored. His theme, in short, is the need to temper a concern for inequality with proper attention to absolute levels of living. The discussion is based not on research, but rather on a search of the literature and on reflection. Sections: Ananalysis of the economy (economic structure; economic growth; income distribution; distribution of land; income levels) – The inadequacy of the focus on inequality (redistribution with qrowth; employment, incomes and equality. types of inequality). Ref., table.