Education and income inequality: New evidence from cross-country data

José De Gregorio, Jong-Wha Lee

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Abstract

This paper presents empirical evidence on how education is related to income distribution in a panel data set covering a broad range of countries for the period between 1960 and 1990. The findings indicate that educational factors-higher educational attainment and more equal distribution of education-play a significant role in making income distribution more equal. The results also confirm the Kuznets inverted-U curve for the relationship between income level and income inequality. We also find that government social expenditure contributes to more equal distribution of income. However, a significant proportion of cross-country variation in income inequality remains unexplained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-416
Number of pages22
JournalReview of Income and Wealth
Volume48
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sep 1

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Education
Income inequality
Income distribution
Inverted-U
Proportion
Distribution of income
Educational attainment
Factors
Government
Expenditure
Income level
Empirical evidence
Panel data
Kuznets

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Education and income inequality : New evidence from cross-country data. / De Gregorio, José; Lee, Jong-Wha.

In: Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 48, No. 3, 01.09.2002, p. 395-416.

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