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Formation of Nations in a Welfare-State Minded World

  • Volij, Oscar
  • Dagan, Nir

We model the endogenous formation of nations in a world economy where nations apply redistributive policies. We show that people's preference for stronger redistributive policies may lead to greater inequality in the world's distribution of income as a result of rich individuals tending to form their own nations. By the same token, stable economic integration occurs only when redistributive policies are not too strong.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 5201.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2000
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economic Theory 2000, vol. 2, pp. 157-181
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5201
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