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Government Ideology, Globalization, and Top Income Shares in OECD Countries

  • Christoph Schinke


I investigate how government ideology and globalization are associated with top income shares in 16 OECD countries over the period 1970 to 2010. I use the new World Top Incomes Database. Globalization is measured by the KOF index of globalization. The results show that the top 1% income share increased more under rightwing governments than under leftwing governments. The effect was stronger when globalization proceeded more rapidly.

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Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper No. 181.

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Date of creation: 2014
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