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Regional inequality and immiserization

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  • Bharati Basu
  • Bharat Hazari

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In this paper we use a four-sector, two-region model to investigate the impact of an increase in capital on regional income inequality. We also analyze its impact on wages, and rents on capital and land. These changes occur due to a movement in the internal terms of trade - a worsening of the relative price of rural non-traded goods to urban non-traded goods - as distinct from the international terms of trade. We demonstrate that under certain conditions, an increase in urban capital necessarily immiserizes the rural region and thereby increases inequality among regions.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 201-213

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Keywords: internal prices; rural-urban wage inequality; rural immiserization;

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  1. Ratbek Dzhumashev & Jaai Parasnis, 2011. "Taxation and Migration: Policies to Manage a Resource Boom," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 33-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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