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Formation of Nations in a Welfare‐State Minded World

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  • Nir Dagan
  • Oscar Volij

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We model the endogenous formation of nations in a world economy where nations apply redistributive policies. We show that people's preference for stronger redistributive policies may lead to greater inequality in the world's distribution of income as a result of rich individuals tending to form their own nations. By the same token, stable economic integration occurs only when redistributive policies are not too strong.

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  • Nir Dagan & Oscar Volij, 2000. "Formation of Nations in a Welfare‐State Minded World," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 2(2), pages 157-181, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:2:y:2000:i:2:p:157-181
    DOI: 10.1111/1097-3923.00035
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