Does democracy reduce economic inequality?

Jeffrey Timmons

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    Democracy is frequently framed as a distributional game. Much of the evidence supporting this possibility rests on the World Bank's 1996 'high-quality' inequality dataset. Using the updated and revised 'high-quality' dataset of 2007, this article revisits those results. Using the same country sample, more years and similar specifications to previous studies, as well as a larger country sample with more appropriate statistical models, we find no relationship between democracy/civil liberties and aggregate measures of economic inequality. Whether, and how, democracy decreases economic inequality remains an open question.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)741-757
    Number of pages17
    JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
    Volume40
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

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