Inequality and Growth in the United States: Evidence from a New State-Level Panel of Income Inequality Measures

Posted: 15 Sep 2008

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Mark W. Frank

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business

Date Written: September, 11 2008

Abstract

This paper introduces a new comprehensive panel of annual state-level income inequality measures spanning the postwar period 1945-2004. For many states, the share of income held by the top decile experienced a prolonged period of stability after World War II, followed by a substantial increase in inequality during the 1980s and 1990s. This paper also presents an examination of the long-run relationship between income inequality and economic growth. Our findings indicate that the long-run relationship between inequality and growth is positive in nature and driven principally by the concentration of income in the upper end of the income distribution.

Keywords: Income Inequality, Economic Growth

JEL Classification: D31, O40

Suggested Citation

Frank, Mark W., Inequality and Growth in the United States: Evidence from a New State-Level Panel of Income Inequality Measures (September, 11 2008). Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1266774

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