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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Economic Letter
Inequality and growth: challenges to the old orthodoxy
Erwan Quintin
Jason L. Saving
Abstract

Discussions of how best to alleviate poverty often center on the relative merits of policies that boost growth and those that promote redistribution. If greater inequality allows economies to expand faster, or if it’s an inevitable consequence of pro-growth measures, the two principles seem incompatible. Under such a scenario, societies seeking rapid growth rates have to forgo redistribution from rich to poor. Conversely, choosing a high degree of redistribution implies the decision to accept lower growth rates.


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Erwan Quintin & Jason L. Saving, "Inequality and growth: challenges to the old orthodoxy" , Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Economic Letter, volume 3, number 1, 2008.
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