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Is there a relationship between income inequality and credit cycles?

  • Tuomas Malinen

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    (University of Helsinki and HECER)

Recent studies by Atkinson (2011); Rajan (2010); Kumhof and Ranciére (2010); Bordo and Meissner (2013) have assessed the relationship between income inequality and financial stability. Bordo and Meissner found that changes in income inequality do not have an effect on the growth of credit. We extend their study by assessing the relationship between levels of income inequality and leverage. We find that the relationship between inequality and credit is long-run, i.e. trending, in nature and that removing this relation with first differencing will lead to biased inference. In conclusion we find that income inequality is associated with increased leverage in the economy.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 292.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2013-292
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