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Distributive politics: does electoral competition promote inequality ?

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  • LASLIER, Jean-François
  • PICARD, Nathalie

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Within the framework of pure redistribution (dividing one unit of a homogeneous good among identical individuals), the paper analyses the redistributions that arise from Downsian two-party electoral competition. It appears that the strategic behavior of vote-maximizing parties lead them to propose divisions which are not far from the egalitarian one.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2000022.

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Date of creation: 00 Mar 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2000022

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