Inequality, Politics and Economic Growth

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The paper studies the relationship between inequality and economic growth. This is done in a two sector model of endogenous growth with agents characterized by heterogeneity of factor endowments. The private sector consists of a large number of competitive firms who produce the only final good in the economy. This good is both consumable as well as accumulable. The government is seen to produce a productive factor interpreted as infrastructure. Infrastructure is both nonrival and accumulable. Infrastructural services flow into the production of infrastructural stocks as well as the final good. Capital used for infrastructural production is financed by the government by taxing capital income. The choice of the growth rate is determined by the tax rate on capital income. We study the choice of the economy’s growth rate under a median voter democracy. The results show that inequality of the distribution of capital does not hamper growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australian Conference of Economists, 2004
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)1864876646
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Conference of Economists -
Duration: 27 Sep 200429 Sep 2004


ConferenceAustralian Conference of Economists
Abbreviated titleACE

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