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Formation of Nations in a Welfare State Minded World

We model the endogenous formation of nations in a world economy where nations apply redistributive policies. We show that stronger distributive policies may lead to greater inequality in the world's distribution of income as a result of rich individuals tending to form their own nations. By the same token, stable economic integration occurs only when redistributive policies are not too strong.

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Paper provided by Nir Dagan in its series Economic theory and game theory with number 010.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 1995
Date of revision: Aug 1999
Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economic Theory 2:157-181 (2000)
Handle: RePEc:nid:ndagan:010
Contact details of provider: Postal: Nir Dagan, Dept. of Economics and Management, Tel-Hai Academic College, Upper Galilee, Israel.
Web page: http://www.nirdagan.com/research/

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