RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil sees an explosion in income inequality, unprecedented since 1960 when the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) began to gather data on the population's income in demographic censuses.
The new pattern of income concentration that emerges from governments in the second half of the 2010s is unprecedented, as it combines economic decline with the destructuring of the labor market and the accelerated increase in poverty.
Between the coup of 1964 and Dilma Rousseff's impeachment in 2016, there are three distinct patterns of increase in income inequality recorded by the IBGE and measured . . .