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The Effect of Government Employment on Income Inequality Overall and in the South: Evidence from Congressional District Data

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  • Natalie Brem

    (Appalachian State University)

  • Garey Durden

    (Appalachian State University)

  • Patricia Gaynor

    (Appalachian State University)

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The major purpose of this paper is to test the hypothesis that government employment and family income inequality are inversely related. A secondary purpose is to determine whether influences discovered in earlier studies retain their power to explain inequality. Unlike most previous work but following Farbman (1973), the data for the empirical tests reported were were stratified into southern and non-southern regions.

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  • Natalie Brem & Garey Durden & Patricia Gaynor, 1989. "The Effect of Government Employment on Income Inequality Overall and in the South: Evidence from Congressional District Data," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 19(2), pages 40-47, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v19:y:1989:i:2:p:40-47
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    5. Sharon P. Smith, 1976. "Government Wage Differentials by Sex," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 11(2), pages 185-199.
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    1. William B. Levernier, 1996. "The Role Of Region-Specific Institutionalized Cultural Characteristics On Income Inequality In The American South: The Case Of Georgia'S Plantation Belt," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 26(3), pages 301-316, Winter.

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