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On testing Kuznets' economic growth hypothesis

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  • P. J. Dawson
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    Kuznets (1955) hypothesizes that during economic growth, per capita income inequality first increases, reaches a peak and then declines. We test this relationship for 36 less developed countries (LDCs) using a regression model, with quadratic functional form, relating income inequality to income. Estimation using robust errors to correct for heteroscedasticity yields results which support Kuznets's hypothesis. Inequality is greatest at about a level of real GDP (1980 international prices) of US$2000/head.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 409-410

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:4:y:1997:i:7:p:409-410

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    Cited by:
    1. Luis Angeles, 2007. "A proper farewell to Kuznets' hypothesi," Working Papers 2007_15, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
    2. Alvargonzalez, M. & Lopez, A. & Perez, R., 2004. "Growth-Inequality Relationship. An Analytical Approach and Some Evidence for Latin America," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 4(2).
    3. Narain Sinha, 2004. "Growth, Inequality and Structural Adjustment: An Empirical Interpretation of the S-Curve for Indian Economy," ASARC Working Papers 2004-16, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
    4. Muhammad Shahbaz, 2010. "Income inequality-economic growth and non-linearity: a case of Pakistan," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(8), pages 613-636, July.
    5. Juan Vicente-Perdiz & Luis M. Borge, 2000. "Desarrollo y desigualdad con progreso técnico," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 24(3), pages 709-726, September.

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