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Income Inequality and Growth in Transition Economies: Are Nonlinear Models Needed?

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This paper analyses the relationship between income inequality and growth in transition economies. The distinct and complex dynamics adherent to these economies lead to the proposition of new econometric models in the paper. However, empirical results do not support the proposed more flexible nonlinear functions. Further, the Kuznets hypothesis is clearly rejected by our data. On the contrary, a (first) half U pattern is found to be adequate for describing the inequality-growth relationship.

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  • Guanghua Wan, 2002. "Income Inequality and Growth in Transition Economies: Are Nonlinear Models Needed?," WIDER Working Paper Series DP2002-104, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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