Distribution issue. Inequality, redistribution and growth: a challenge to the conventional political economy approach. (In: Papers and Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Congress of the European Economic Association)


Saint Paul, Gilles and Verdier, Thierry (1996) Distribution issue. Inequality, redistribution and growth: a challenge to the conventional political economy approach. (In: Papers and Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Congress of the European Economic Association). European Economic Review, 40, (3-5), 719-728. (doi:10.1016/0014-2921(95)00083-6).

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This paper reconsiders the conventional political economy view that:

1. (1) more unequal societies tend to make more redistribution and

2. (2) more redistribution is harmful to growth.

We present a number of theoretical arguments suggesting that the two previous implications are not necessarily true and that the empirically observed negative correlation between inequality and growth might just come from the fact that more unequal societies tend to redistribute less which in turn is actually detrimental to growth.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0014-2921 (print)
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Keywords: political economy, redistribution, inequality, growth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33464
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33464

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