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Electoral systems and income inequality

  • Vincenzo Verardi

The goal of this paper is to determine if electoral systems and inequality are linked. Using high-quality data (LIS database) and simple panel methods, we show that when the degree of proportionality of a system increases, inequality decreases. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/9887.

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Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Publication status: Published in: Economics Letters (2005) v.86 n° 1,p.7-12
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/9887
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