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Convergence in income inequality: revisiting the case of Brazilian municipalities

Fábio Gomes and Gian Soave ()
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Gian Soave: Postdoctoral Research Associate - FEA-RP, University of São Paulo

Economics Bulletin, 2019, vol. 39, issue 1, 166-175

Abstract: This paper investigates the hypothesis of income inequality convergence for the Brazilian municipalities using data from the 1991, 2000 and 2010 census. As we are restricted to a single country, and we take into account regional differences, we interpret our approach as a conditional convergence analysis. The findings suggest that from 1991 to 2000 most macro regions (or states) were converging, but to a higher long-run Gini index. From 2000 to 2010 this upward trend was reverted, and we find convergence toward a lower inequality level.

Keywords: Income inequality; Growth regressions; Convergence; Brazil. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-02-02
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