Contradiction or Paradox: Poverty and Inequality and How to Tell

Global poverty has lessened over the last fi ft y years. During the same period inequality some argue has risen sharply. Do those two trends pose a contradiction, or at least a paradox? Th at depends on which numbers you use and how you compute them. Small diff erences can lead to widely divergent conclusions, carrying opposing policy choices. Th ough this particular poverty and inequality debate largely involves economists, public opinion research professionals have something to contribute.