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Political Geography and Income Inequalities

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  • Filippo Gregorini

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This paper displays an analysis of geopolitical organizations within the framework proposed by Alesina and Spolaore (1997), where heterogeneity concerns the geographical space. This model adds heterogeneity in terms of income. Main results of the paper: (i) in the normative equilibrium (social planner solution) there is an inverse relationship between income inequality and public good provision within each jurisdiction; (ii) in the positive equilibrium (equilibrium geography) we find that in some cases there are no equilibria depending upon income inequality.

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  • Filippo Gregorini, 2009. "Political Geography and Income Inequalities," Working Papers 152, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:152
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    5. Enrico Longoni & Filippo Gregorini, 2009. "Inequality, Political Systems and Public Spending," Working Papers 159, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Apr 2009.
    6. Francesco De Sinopoli & Giovanna Iannantuoni, 2009. "On the expect of ideology in proportional representation systems," Working Papers 160, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Apr 2009.
    7. Philippe De Donder & Michel Le Breton & Eugenio Peluso, 2012. "On the (sequential) majority choice of public good size and location," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 39(2), pages 457-489, July.

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    Keywords

    Jurisdiction Size; Public Spending; Income Distribution; Tax Distortion;

    JEL classification:

    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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