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Distributional and Poverty Consequences of Globalization: A Dynamic Comparative Analysis for Developing Countries

Muhammad Majeed () and Ronald MacDonald ()

Working Papers from Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow

Abstract: This study examines the impact of globalization on cross-country inequality and poverty using a panel data set for 65 developing counties, over the period 1970-2008. With separate modelling for poverty and inequality, explicit control for financial intermediation, and comparative analysis for developing countries, the study attempts to provide a deeper understanding of cross country variations in income inequality and poverty. The major findings of the study are five fold. First, a non-monotonic relationship between income distribution and the level of economic development holds in all samples of countries. Second, both openness to trade and FDI do not have a favourable effect on income distribution in developing countries. Third, high financial liberalization exerts a negative and significant influence on income distribution in developing countries. Fourth, inflation seems to distort income distribution in all sets of countries. Finally, the government emerges as a major player in impacting income distribution in developing countries.

Keywords: Globalization; Poverty; Inequality; FDI; Developing Countries. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 F41 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-06
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