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Occupational Choice, Wealth Distribution and Development

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  • Emilio Colombo

    () (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca)

  • Akos Valentinyi

    (University of Southampton & CEPR)

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This paper develops a model of occupational choice and income distribution in which both the wage rate and the interest rate are determined endogenously. We show the existence of multiple equilibria that depend on the initial distribution. In particular there can be a "development trap" characterized by many poor workers earning low wages and few rich entrepreneurs that exploit the low wage level and the high interest rate.

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  • Emilio Colombo & Akos Valentinyi, 1999. "Occupational Choice, Wealth Distribution and Development," Working Papers 25, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Sep 1999.
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