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Growth and Inequality: A Meta-Analysis

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2006-064/3

33 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006  

Laura de Dominicis

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Henri L. F. de Groot

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Raymond J.G.M. Florax

Purdue University; VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the impact of inequality on economic growth. Both theoretical and empirical approaches have produced ambiguous results on sign and size of this relationship. Although there is a considerable part of the literature that considers inequality detrimental to growth, more recent studies have challenged this result and found a positive effect of inequality on growth. This paper contributes to the debate by using meta-analytical techniques to describe variation in observed outcomes of the empirical studies and to identify sources of variation.

Keywords: growth, income distribution, inequality, meta-analysis

JEL Classification: O11, O15, C42, C52

Suggested Citation

de Dominicis, Laura and de Groot, Henri L. F. and Florax, Raymond J.G.M., Growth and Inequality: A Meta-Analysis (July 2006). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2006-064/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.921332

Laura De Dominicis (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Henri L.F. De Groot

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

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Raymond J.G.M. Florax

Purdue University ( email )

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