Essays on inequality, economic growth and political polarization

Faculty/Professorship: University of Bamberg  ; Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten ; Empirical Economics  
Author(s): Peña Méndez, Juan Carlos
By: Peña, Juan Carlos 
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: XIII, 159 ; Illustrationen, Diagramme
Supervisor(s): Proano, Christian R.  ; Westerhoff, Frank H.  ; Milaković, Mishael  
Language(s): English
Kumulative Dissertation, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 2021
DOI: 10.20378/irb-51078
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-510782
Economic inequality has moved into the focus of academic debate in the last decade as it gained increasing public attention in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2007. The present dissertation contributes to the growing and existing literature on income inequality by presenting three contributions that empirically analyze the economic, political and social consequences of income inequality. Chapter 1 explores the dynamic relationship between economic growth and the different metrics of income inequality using a compiled dataset covering 110 advanced and developing economies from 1980 to 2016. Chapter 2 examines the macroeconomic and social determinants of voting behavior, and especially of political polarization, using a compiled dataset for 20 advanced economies from 1980 to 2016 which covers 291 parliamentary elections. Finally, chapter 3 investigates the effects of group identity and income inequality on social preferences and polarization by means of a laboratory experiment.
GND Keywords: Einkommensverteilung; Einkommensunterschied; Verteilungsgerechtigkeit; Wirtschaftswachstum
Keywords: Inequality, Economic Growth, Political Polarization
DDC Classification: 330 Economics  
RVK Classification: QC 200     QX 200   
Type: Doctoralthesis
Release Date: 15. November 2021

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