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Factors Influencing Income Inequality In Transition Economies

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  • Anneli Kaasa

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A sharp rise of income inequality in the transition countries has caused a wide-ranging discussion about the factors affecting inequality. The present paper investigates a number of factors that influence income inequality in the transition countries. The main contribution of the study lies in its different approach to analysing these factors. While previous studies have either mainly focussed on single factors of inequality or have used regression analysis involving but a few factors, the author of the present paper uses principal component analysis in order to analyse as many different indicators as possible and at the same time avoid the problem of possible multicollinearity. As a result, four components are formed from the initial indicators. The impact of these components on income inequality and the component scores are then analysed.

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  • Anneli Kaasa, 2003. "Factors Influencing Income Inequality In Transition Economies," University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series 18, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia).
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    1. Julia G. Dobreva, 2014. "Innovations And Industrial Development In Bulgaria," Economy & Business Journal, International Scientific Publications, Bulgaria, vol. 8(1), pages 524-529.
    2. Majid Sameti & Leila Rafie, 2010. "Interaction of Income Distribution, Taxes and Economic Growth (The Case of Iran and Some Selected East Asian Countries)," Iranian Economic Review, Economics faculty of Tehran university, vol. 15(1), pages 67-81, winter.
    3. Mehmet AKYOL, 2016. "Effectiveness of State Aid for Investments In The Process of Economic Growth: Turkish Case," Turkish Economic Review, KSP Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 391-400, June.
    4. Malvika Mahesh, 2016. "The effects of trade openness on income inequality - evidence from BRIC countries," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 36(3), pages 1751-1761.
    5. Penka Kovacheva, 2011. "Human capital and wage inequality during transition: evidence from Bulgaria," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 237-255.

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