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Regional Integration and Income Inequality in ECOWAS Zone


  • Eyram Silo Ametoglo, Muriel

    (Hunan University)

  • Guo, Ping

    (Hunan University)

  • Ossadzifo Wonyra, Kwami

    (LAREA, Université de Kara)


This paper investigates the relationship between regional integration and inequality for the 15 states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the period of 2004~2013. Our results suggest that political integration reduces income inequality, while economic integration increases the income gap in ECOWAS zones

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  • Eyram Silo Ametoglo, Muriel & Guo, Ping & Ossadzifo Wonyra, Kwami, 2018. "Regional Integration and Income Inequality in ECOWAS Zone," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 33(3), pages 604-627.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0754

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    More about this item


    Regional integration; Income inequality; Economic integration; Political integration;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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