Globalization and Income Inequality: A Panel Data Analysis of 68 Countries
The causal effect of globalisation on income inequality is an issue of significant academic interest. On the one hand globalisation is considered to promote global economic growth and social progress, while on the other; it is blamed for growing income inequality and environmental degradation, causing social degeneration and difficulty of competition. The objective of the study is to determine the direction of impact of globalization on income distribution. This study hypothesises that increased globalisation worsens income inequality, and vice versa. This hypothesis is investigated using panel data econometric techniques to examine income inequality index and the index of globalization for panel data of 68 developing countries over the period of 1990-2010. The analysis shows that an increase in globalisation (represented by an increase in the KOF coefficient) leads to an increase in the level of income inequality. It is worth noting, however, that this analysis also suffers from several limitations. It is possible perhaps a simple, overarching relationship does not exist. Rather it is possible that the impact of globalisation on income distribution varies between nations, depending on the structures and institutions that are in place in each country.
|Date of creation:||28 Oct 2012|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de
More information through EDIRC
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Edwards, Sebastian, 1997. "Trade Policy, Growth, and Income Distribution," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(2), pages 205-10, May.
- Atif, Syed Muhammad & Endres, James & Macdonald, James, 2012.
"Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth: A Panel Data Analysis of OECD Countries,"
65419, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
- Atif, Syed Muhammad & Endres, James & Macdonald, James, 2012. "Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth: A Panel Data Analysis of OECD Countries," MPRA Paper 42177, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Sugata Marjit & Hamid Beladi & Avik Chakrabarti, 2004. "Trade and Wage Inequality in Developing Countries," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 42(2), pages 295-303, April.
- Bergh, Andreas & Nilsson, Therese, 2010. "Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality?," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 488-505, December.
- Atif, Syed Muhammad & Siddiqi, Muhammad Wasif, 2010.
"The Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth Nexus in Pakistan: A New Evidence,"
65688, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
- Atif, Syed Muhammad & Siddiqi, Muhammad Wasif, 2010. "The Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth Nexus in Pakistan: A New Evidence," MPRA Paper 41377, University Library of Munich, Germany.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:42385. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ekkehart Schlicht)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.