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On the Inefficiency of Inequality

  • Schiff, Maurice

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    (World Bank)

A number of studies have examined the implications of preference interdependence. This paper models utility as depending on other people’s consumption levels and shows that welfare declines with inequality, equilibrium inequality is inefficient, and the optimal intervention leads to a more equal distribution.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1283.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1283
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