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Income distribution and macroeconomics in Colombia


  • Javier A. Birchenall

    (University of California)


This paper studies the relation between macroeconomic variables and the distribution of income in Colombia. We relate the dynamics of aggregate economic variables with the cross-section of disaggregate income to determine the transmission and propagation mechanisms of aggregate shocks. The most important finding is a strong negative effect of inflation rates on the distribution of income by education groups and productive sectors.

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  • Javier A. Birchenall, 2007. "Income distribution and macroeconomics in Colombia," Journal of Income Distribution, Ad libros publications inc., vol. 16(2), pages 6-24, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2007:v:16:i:2:p:6-24

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    1. Diego F. Angel‐Urdinola & Quentin Wodon, 2004. "The Impact on Inequality of Raising the Minimum Wage: Gap‐narrowing and Reranking Effects," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 18(2), pages 317-327, June.
    2. Enrique PINZON GARCIA & Oscar M. VALENCIA ARANA, 2006. "The Determinants of Colombian Firm´s Debt-Asset Ratio (1997-2003)," Archivos de Economía 3582, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    3. Maria Otilia Orozco, 2005. "Colombia's Higher Education Quality Control System and Potential for Further Development," Archivos de Economía 2139, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    4. Mauricio SANTAMARÍA SALAMANCA, 2001. "External Trade, Skill, Technology and the recent increase of income inequality in Colombia," Archivos de Economía 2705, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    5. Luisa Fernanda Gamboa & Andrés García-Suaza & Jesús Otero, 2010. "Statistical Inference for Testing Gini Coefficients: An Application for Colombia," Revista ESPE - Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 28(62), pages 226-238, June.
    6. Diego F. ANGEL URDINOLA & Quentin WODON, 2003. "Relative labor supply and the gender wage Gap: Evidence for Colombia and the United States," Archivos de Economía 3452, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    7. Paula ACOSTA MARQUEZ, 2002. "Does corporate governance matter for developing countries? An overview of the Mexican case," Archivos de Economía 2380, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    8. Allan DRAZEN & Marcela ESLAVA, 2003. "The political business cycle in Colombia on the National and Regional level," Archivos de Economía 3616, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    9. Jaime Andrés ESTRADA, 2002. "Optimal enforcement: Finding the right balance," Archivos de Economía 3302, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    10. José Daniel REYES PENA, 2003. "The cost of disinflation in Colombia: -A sacrifice Ratio Approach-," Archivos de Economía 3579, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    11. Carlos Alberto CASTRO IRAGORRI, 2003. "Yet another lagging, coincident and leading index for the Colombian economy," Archivos de Economía 3785, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
    12. Fernando MESA PARRA, 2001. "Strategic Trade Policy and Exchange Rate Uncertainty," Archivos de Economía 3527, Departamento Nacional de Planeación.

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    income distribution; business cycles; index models;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles


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