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Is Inequality Harmful for Growth?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Università di Brescia.
1993 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Is inequality harmful for growth? We suggest that it is. In a society where distributional conflict is important, political decisions produce economic policies that tax investment and growth promoting activities in order to redistribute income. The paper formulates a theoretical model that captures this idea. The model implications are supported by the evidence. Both historical panel data and post-war cross sectionc indicate a significant and large negative relation between inequality and growth. This relation is only present in democracies.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1993. , 44 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 537
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41857OAI: diva2:338002
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