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Electoral systems and income inequality

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  • Vincenzo Verardi

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The goal of this paper is to determine if electoral systems and inequality are linked. Using high-quality data (LIS database) and simple panel methods, we show that when the degree of proportionality of a system increases, inequality decreases. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/9887.

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Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Publication status: Published in: Economics Letters (2005) v.86 n° 1,p.7-12
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/9887

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Keywords: Electoral systems; Income inequality; Transfer expenditures;

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  1. Drosdowski, Thomas, 2005. "Democracy Deficits, Inequality and Pollution. A Politico-Economic Analysis," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-323, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  2. Marjorie Gassner & Darwin Ugarte Ontiveros & Vincenzo Verardi, 2006. "Human Development and Electoral Systems," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 43-57.
  3. De Borger B. & Verardi V., 2008. "Estimating the direct costs of social conflicts: road blockings in Bolivia," Working Papers 2008013, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  4. Neyapti, Bilin, 2006. "Revenue decentralization and income distribution," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 92(3), pages 409-416, September.
  5. Drosdowski, Thomas, 2006. "On the Link Between Democracy and Environment," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-355, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.

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