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Inequality and Institutions

  • Alberto Chong

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  • Mark Gradstein

This paper presents theory and evidence on the relationship between inequality and institutional quality. We propose a model in which the two dynamically reinforce each other and set out to test this relationship with a broad array of institutional measures. We establish double causality between better institutional quality and a more equal distribution of income, but also demonstrate that the link from the latter dominates the former. These results are shown to be robust to various specifications and different data sources that cover various time-spans.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4361.

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Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4361
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