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Decentralization Policy and Equality: A Theil Analysis of Indonesian Income Inequality

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  • Djoni Hartono

    () (Department of Economics, University of Indonesia)

  • Tony Irawan

    () (Department of Economics,Faculty of Economics and Management; Bogor Agricultural University)

Abstract

The decentralization policy has been implemented for almost 8 years in Indonesia. One of the main purposes of decentralization policy was to increase economic growth followed by equality. In this paper, we construct gini coefficient and Theil indices of sector income distribution to evaluate the trend of Indonesian income inequality during the implementation of the policy. We will analyze the equality between sector and within sector (e.q. agriculture, industry and services) both in the country and province level data. The output of this study is expected could answer the question whether there is a growth with equality during the implementation of decentralization both between and within sector.

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  • Djoni Hartono & Tony Irawan, 2008. "Decentralization Policy and Equality: A Theil Analysis of Indonesian Income Inequality," Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) 200810, Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, revised Oct 2008.
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    1. Earth Innovation Institute, 2015. "Central Kalimantan Land Governance Assessment," World Bank Other Operational Studies 28514, The World Bank.
    2. Mitsuhiko Kataoka & Kodrat Wibowo, 2014. "Decentralization and Spatial Allocation Policy of Public Investment in Indonesia and Japan," Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) 201403, Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, revised Feb 2014.
    3. M A B Siddique & Heru Wibowo & Yanrui Wu, 2014. "Fiscal Decentralisation and Inequality in Indonesia: 1999-2008," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 14-22, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    4. Ivan Gonzalez & Budy P Resosudarmo, 2016. "A sectoral growth-income inequality nexus in Indonesia," Departmental Working Papers 2016-15, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Decentralization; Inequality; Theil indices;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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