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Growth and Income Inequality: A Canonical Model

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  • Cecilia Garcia-Penalosa
  • Stephen Turnovsky

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We develop an endogenous growth model with elastic labor supply, in which agents differ in their initial endowments of physical capital. In this framework, the growth rate and the distribution of income are jointly determined. The key equilibrating variable is the equilibrium labor supply. It determines the rate of return to capital, which in turn affects both the rate of capital accumulation and the distribution of income across agents. We then examine the impact of various structural shocks on growth and distribution. We find that faster growth is associated with a more unequal, contemporaneous distribution of income, consistent with recent empirical findings. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2006

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Date of creation: Jan 2005
Date of revision: Jan 2005
Publication status: Published in Economic Theory, Volume 28, 2006, 25-49
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