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Honduras’ Economic and Social Gains Under Zelaya Were Largely Reversed After the Coup

Jake Johnston and Stephan Lefebvre CEPR
After the coup, Honduras had the most rapid rise in inequality in Latin America and now has the most unequal distribution of income in the region. Over 100 percent of all real income gains in in 2010 and 2011 went to the wealthiest 10 percent of Hondurans -- the poverty rate increased by 13.2% while the extreme poverty rate increased 26%. But whoever wins next election will have ample room to increase employment, and invest in infrastructure, education and development.
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