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Income inequality and economic development: evidence from sub-Saharan African countries

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  • Cassandro Mendes

    () (School of Business and Governance, University of Cape Verde)

  • Olugbenga Adesida

    () (Ihaba, Cape Verde)

Abstract

The present paper used data from sub-Saharan african countries to analyze the relationship between income inequality and economic development. We used nonparametric and parametric methods to test their relationship. Our results are robust given that we used two different methods to archive our results. Both results confirm an N-shaped relationship between Income inequality and economic development.

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  • Cassandro Mendes & Olugbenga Adesida, 2013. "Income inequality and economic development: evidence from sub-Saharan African countries," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(2), pages 1565-1574.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00250
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    Keywords

    Income inequality. Economic development. Kernel regression.;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General

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