Progress at Risk: Inequalities and Human Development in Europe and Central
Many of the developing and transition economies of Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia have enjoyed relatively high levels of socio economic equalities. Since 2000 income inequalities have generally been low or falling, which has helped to reduce poverty and allowed the middle class to stage a comeback.
Relatively comprehensive pre 1990 social protection systems and high levels of gender equality have ensured that the
benefits of economic growth have been fairly evenly spread.