Journal of Economic Growth

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 5–32 | Cite as

Inequality and Growth in a Panel of Countries

  • Robert J. Barro


Evidence from a broad panel of countries shows little overall relation between income inequality and rates of growth and investment. For growth, higher inequality tends to retard growth in poor countries and encourage growth in richer places. The Kuznets curve—whereby inequality first increases and later decreases during the process of economic development—emerges as a clear empirical regularity. However, this relation does not explain the bulk of variations in inequality across countries or over time.

inequality growth Kuznets curve Gini coefficient 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Barro
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  1. 1.Littauer Center, Department of EconomicsHarvard UniversityCambridge

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