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ISEAS Perspective

12 Juli 2019  17:23:53 WIB

Burhanuddin Muhtadi, Eve Warburton and Aninda Dewayanti


  • Socioeconomic inequality is a contentious issue in Indonesia, one that gets mobilised in election campaigns. Yet we know very little about how Indonesians actually feel about income and wealth distribution.
  • This paper draws upon data from an original, nationally representative survey to understand Indonesians’ perceptions of income inequality.
  • We find that Indonesians generally feel better about inequality now than they did five years ago at the end of President Yudhoyono’s decade in office.
  • However, we also find that people’s perceptions of inequality are closely associated with their political preferences and are divided along partisan lines.

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