Redistributive Public Employment

31 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 1998 Last revised: 8 May 2000

See all articles by Alberto F. Alesina

Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

William Easterly

New York University - Department of Economics

Reza Baqir

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Date Written: October 1998

Abstract

Politicians may use disguised' redistributive policies in order to circumvent opposition to explicit tax-transfer schemes. First, we present a theoretical model that formalizes this hypothesis; then we provide evidence that in US cities, politicians use public employment as such a redistributive device. We find that city employment is significantly higher in cities where income inequality and ethnic fragmentation are higher.

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Easterly, William and Baqir, Reza, Redistributive Public Employment (October 1998). NBER Working Paper No. w6746. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=136749

Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

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William Easterly (Contact Author)

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Reza Baqir

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