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A proper farewell to Kuznets' hypothesi

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  • Luis Angeles

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The aim of this paper is to o¤er a more appropriate test of Kuznets’ “inverted-U”hypothesis than the one routinely used in the literature and implement it using panel and country-by-country regressions. We explore whether countries experiencing large shifts in population from the agri- cultural/rural sector to the urban one are characterized by an evolution of income inequality along the lines discussed by Simon Kuznets in its classical article. Our results show that there is no systematic relationship between income inequality and agricultural employment or rural population.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2007_15.

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  1. Luis Angeles, 2010. "An alternative test of Kuznets’ hypothesis," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 463-473, December.

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