EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Taking Down the Wall: Transition and Inequality

Serhan Cevik () and Carolina Correa-Caro

No 2020/032, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper investigates the main determinants of income inequality in transition countries during the period 1990–2018. To this end, we address a major methodological challenge that lies at the core of the cross-country literature on income inequality: the potential endogeneity of income growth, which is largely ignored by most empirical studies. We adopt a two-pronged empirical strategy by (i) using trading partners’ weighted average real GDP as an instrumental variable (IV), and (ii) estimating the model via the two-stage least squares (2SLS) approach for static models and the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimator for dynamic models. Our empirical findings are consistent with the Kuznets curve that illustrates a nonlinear relationship between income inequality and the level of economic development. We also find that the redistributive impact of fiscal policy is statistically insignificant and taxation and government spending appear to have the opposing effects on income inequality in transition economies.

Keywords: WP; Gini coefficient; net; estimate; income redistribution; economy; Income distribution; income inequality; fiscal policy; transition economies; net Gini coefficient; institutional performance; series from the SWIID database; gross Gini coefficient; fiscal policy instrument; income equality; Personal income; Central and Eastern Europe; Global (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20
Date: 2020-02-14
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-fdg
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=48979 (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 403 Forbidden

Related works:
Journal Article: Taking down the wall: Transition and inequality (2020) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:imf:imfwpa:2020/032

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/pubs/ord_info.htm

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC USA. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Akshay Modi ().

 
Page updated 2022-09-28
Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:2020/032