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Age structure, income distribution and economic growth

Gomez, Rafael and Foot, David K. (2003) Age structure, income distribution and economic growth. Canadian Public Policy, 29 (Supple). S141-S161. ISSN 0317-0861

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Abstract

A recent body of empirical cross-country research has confirmed that income inequality is negatively related to economic growth. This paper provides an explanatory channel for this observed relationship. The novelty of our approach consists in the use of demographic channels to account for cross-country differentials in economic growth and income distribution. We present four models that have emerged as the most plausible transmission mechanisms linking inequality to slower growth. In each instance we demonstrate how a consideration of demographic age structure can complement the four mainstream accounts.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://economics.ca/cpp/en/index.php
Additional Information: © 2003 Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 12:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/18342/

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