Inequality

25 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2005

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Edward L. Glaeser

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: July 2005

Abstract

This paper reviews five striking facts about inequality across countries. As Kuznets (1955) famously first documented, inequality first rises and then falls with income. More unequal societies are much less likely to have democracies or governments that respect property rights. Unequal societies have less redistribution, and we have little idea whether this relationship is caused by redistribution reducing inequality or inequality reducing redistribution. Inequality and ethnic heterogeneity are highly correlated, either because of differences in educational heritages across ethnicities or because ethnic heterogeneity reduces redistribution. Finally, there is much more inequality and less redistribution in the U.S. than in most other developed nations.

Suggested Citation

Glaeser, Edward L., Inequality (July 2005). Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2078. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=756889 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.756889

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