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Inequality, Mobility and Redistributive Politics

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  • Ryo Arawatari

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    (Faculty of Economics, Shinshu University)

  • Tetsuo Ono

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

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This paper develops a model where income inequality and intergenerational mobility are jointly determined via redistributive politics. The model includes two key factors: accessibility of tertiary education for poor-born agents and multiple, selffulfilling expectations of agents. Given these factors, the model provides predictions of cross-country differences in inequality and mobility consistent with empirical observations. The model also demonstrates the dynamic motion of inequality and mobility as influenced by changes in the expectations of agents.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 09-12.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0912

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Keywords: Inequality; Intergenerational mobility; Redistribution; Markov perfect political equilibrium; Overlapping generations;

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  1. Ryo Arawatari & Tetsuo Ono, 2008. "A Political Economy Model of Earnings Mobility and Redistribution Policy," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 08-18-Rev.3, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), revised Aug 2011.
  2. Tetsuo Ono, 2014. "Economic Growth and the Politics of Intergenerational Redistribution," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 14-17, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).

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