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Distribution, redistribution and development: where do we stand?

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This paper provides a short survey of the recent theoretical and the empirical literature on the existence of a negative relationship between economic inequality on one hand, and growth or economic development on the other. The emphasis of the paper is on the lessons to be drawn from these recent development for the design of redistribution policies in developing countries. It is shown, in particular, that somewhat in contradiction with what is often read, recent models do not contradict the old conventional wisdom of a tradeoff between redistribution of current real income in favor of the poorest and economic efficiency. The kind of redistribution that the recent literature calls for is of a fundamentally different nature and is still to be investigated in detail.
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  • Bourguignon, François, 1998. "Distribution, redistribution and development: where do we stand?," REVISTA DESARROLLO Y SOCIEDAD, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE, March.
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    1. Christophe Ehrhart, 2009. "The effects of inequality on growth: a survey of the theoretical and empirical literature," Working Papers 107, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    2. Coutinho Diogo R., 2010. "Linking Promises to Policies: Law and Development in an Unequal Brazil," The Law and Development Review, De Gruyter, vol. 3(2), pages 3-40, May.
    3. Martner Fanta, Ricardo & Gonzales, Ivonne & Podestá, Andrea, 2013. "Políticas fiscales para el crecimiento y la igualdad," Macroeconomía del Desarrollo 138, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    4. Thierry Tressel, 1999. "Financial Intermediation and Growth: Long Run Consequences of Capital Market Imperfections," CSEF Working Papers 20, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.

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    Distribution;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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