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Income Distribution and Dualism: The Case of Kenya


  • wa Githinji, Mwangi


Development economics has been dominated by the use of dualistic models of the economy. This study investigates whether the stylized facts that emanate from models, such as those of Sir Arthur Lewis and Harris and Todaro, are relevant in examining issues of income distribution. Based on an examination of Kenyan household data, estimates of the distribution are compared with the stylized facts and past estimates. It is found that while the focus on rural-urban differences that arises from the dualistic models is justifiable, this concern with the spatial duality has led to the neglect of intrasectorial inequality, particularly rural inequality. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • wa Githinji, Mwangi, 2000. "Income Distribution and Dualism: The Case of Kenya," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 4(3), pages 326-339, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:4:y:2000:i:3:p:326-39

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    1. Bedasso, Biniam, 2012. "Lords of Uhuru: the political economy of elite competition and institutional change in post-independence Kenya," MERIT Working Papers 042, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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