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Rent-seeking bureaucracies, inequality, and growth

Luca Spinesi ()

Journal of Development Economics, 2009, vol. 90, issue 2, 244-257

Abstract: This paper develops a Schumpeterian growth model in which institutional quality matters for inequality and growth. In particular, asymmetric information between political authorities and rent-seeking bureaucratic agencies diverts resources from innovative activities - crucial for development to take off in middle and low income countries - and unnecessarily exacerbates income inequality. The theoretical predictions not only match empirical facts on inequality, institutional quality and growth well documented in the literature, but are easily assessed in two groups of Latin American and African countries, as shown in the final calibration analysis.

Keywords: Innovation; Inequality; and; growth; Asymmetric; information; Rent-seeking; bureaucracies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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