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Inequality and Growth

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  • Roland Benabou

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    Using two unifying models and an empirical exercise, this paper presents and extends the main theories linking income distribution and growth, as well as the relevant empirical evidence. The first model integrates the political economy and imperfect capital markets theories while the second is a growth version of the prisoners dilemma. The economys growth rate is shown to fall with interest groups rent-seeking abilities, as well as with the gap between rich and poor. It is not income inequality per se that matters, however, but inequality in the relative distribution of earning and political power.

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    Paper provided by LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg in its series LIS Working papers with number 142.

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    Length: 56 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 1996
    Publication status: Published in NBER Macroeconomics Annual (1996): 11-92
    Handle: RePEc:lis:liswps:142
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