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Electoral systems and income inequality

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  • Verardi, Vincenzo

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The goal of this paper is to determine if electoral systems and inequality are linked. Using high-quality data (LIS database) and simple panel methods, we show that when the degree of proportionality of a system increases, inequality decreases. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 86 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 7-12

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:86:y:2005:i:1:p:7-12

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  1. Vincenzo Verardi & Bruno De Borger, 2007. "Estimating the direct costs of social conflicts: road blockings in Bolivia," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/9915, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Marjorie Gassner & Darwin Ugarte Ontiveros & Vincenzo Verardi, 2005. "Human Development and Electoral Systems," Others 0508006, EconWPA.
  3. Drosdowski, Thomas, 2005. "Democracy Deficits, Inequality and Pollution. A Politico-Economic Analysis," Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Leibniz Universität Hannover dp-323, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  4. Drosdowski, Thomas, 2006. "On the Link Between Democracy and Environment," Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Leibniz Universität Hannover dp-355, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  5. Neyapti, Bilin, 2006. "Revenue decentralization and income distribution," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 92(3), pages 409-416, September.

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