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An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Income Inequality and Growth Volatility in 70 Countries for 1960-2002

Laszlo Konya

Applied Econometrics and International Development | Euro-American Association of Economic Development Studies | Published : 2008

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study the potentially simultaneous relationship between income inequality and growth volatility for seventy countries between 1960 and 2002. Two types of analysis are performed; a cross-sectional analysis based on country averages of all available annual observations, and a panel-data analysis with fixed effects based on 6-year averages. The cross-sectional and panel estimation results are markedly different. In the first case, there seems to be a mutual relationship between inequality and volatility across countries, but several significant coefficients have illogical signs. In the second case, there is no evidence of simultaneity within a country; inequality is ..

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