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Endogenous Distribution, Politics, and the Growth-Equity Tradeoff

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  • Das Satya P

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi)

  • Ghate Chetan

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi)

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In comparison to the standard literature on inequality and growth which assumes the former to be exogenous, we formulate a model in which inequality and growth are both endogenous. Long-run distribution, at least locally, is shown to be independent of the initial distribution of factor ownership. It is shown that exogenous policy changes that are primarily targeted towards growth and foster less inequality do enhance growth. But policies that are primarily redistributive and imply a more equal distribution reduce growth. This is consistent with recent empirical work which shows that inequality and growth may be positively related.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 1-32

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  1. Chakrabarty Debajyoti & Chanda Areendam & Ghate Chetan, 2006. "Education, Growth, and Redistribution in the Presence of Capital Flight," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-41, November.
  2. Graziella Bertocchi, 2011. "The Vanishing Bequest Tax: The Comparative Evolution Of Bequest Taxation In Historical Perspective," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(1), pages 107-131, 03.
  3. Chetan Ghate, 2005. "Transitional dynamics in a growth model with distributive politics," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 05-07, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.

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