Institutional persistence, income inequality, and individual attitudes

Alberto Chong, Mark Gradstein

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Aspects of institutional quality vary substantially across countries, but are quite persistent over time. Further, institutional quality is correlated with income inequality, even among democracies. To account for these regularities, we offer a model where individual attitudes, toward inequality or trust in government, feature in voters’ preferences. The model displays path dependence, whereby inequality and institutional quality feed each other. It is suggested that this may explain the long shadow of historical legacies of postcolonial experiences. Simple correlations of reported attitudes using data from the World Values Surveys are consistent with the model.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)401-413
Número de páginas13
PublicaciónJournal of Economic Inequality
EstadoPublicada - 15 set. 2019

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to Gianmarco León, Joan Martínez, Tareena Musaddiq, Vanessa Rios, two anonymous referees and the editor, Guillermo Cruces for very helpful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are obviously ours.

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© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


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