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The effect of growth volatility on income inequality

Ho-Chuan Huang (), WenShwo Fang, Stephen Miller () and Chih-Chuan Yeh

Economic Modelling, 2015, vol. 45, issue C, 212-222

Abstract: This paper assesses the long-run effect of growth volatility on income inequality using a comprehensive panel of annual U.S. state-level data during the 1945 to 2004 period. Using the pooled mean group (PMG) estimator, we find evidence supporting the hypothesis that larger growth volatility positively and significantly associates with higher income inequality. Our key finding is robust to alternative lag structures, conditioning variables, inequality measures, volatility indicators, time periods, and panel estimators. Our key finding does change for asymmetric effects, where larger growth volatility positively and significantly associates with higher income inequality only for positive economic growth. The volatility effect proves positive, but insignificant, for negative economic growth.

Keywords: Income inequality; Growth volatility; Pooled mean group estimator (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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