Endogenous distribution, politics and the growth-equity tradeoff
AbstractIn comparison to the standard literature on inequality and growth which assumes the former to be exogenous, we formulate a model in which inequality and growth are both endogenous. Furthermore, long-run distribution, at least locally, is shown to be independent of the initial distribution of factor ownership. It is shown that exogenous policy changes that are primarily targeted towards growth and foster less inequality do enhance growth. But those that are primarily redistributive and imply more equal distribution reduce growth. This is consistent with recent empirical work which shows that inequality and growth may be positively related.
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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Median Voter; Endogenous Growth; Wealth Distribution; Distributive Conflict; Redistributive Policy;
Other versions of this item:
- Das Satya P & Ghate Chetan, 2004. "Endogenous Distribution, Politics, and the Growth-Equity Tradeoff," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 4(1), pages 1-32, July.
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
- O40 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
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- NEP-ALL-2004-06-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2004-01-08 (Development)
- NEP-MAC-2004-01-08 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-POL-2004-06-02 (Positive Political Economics)
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