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Dynamics of Income Distribution

  • Hongyi Li

    (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Danyang Xie

    (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (World Bank)

In this paper, we have obtained closed-form solutions in Cass-Koopmans growth models with heterogeneous agents. The relationship between the form of production function and the dynamics of income distribution is made explicit. We then use this relationship to determine what production structure is simultaneously consistent with facts on growth and income inequality. Our empirical findings give support to models with decreasing returns in the reproducible factor.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 04 Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0210001
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