Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147391
Authors: 
Padovano, Fabio
Scervini, Francesco
Turati, Gilberto
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6137
Abstract: 
We examine whether and to what extent political institutions explain different performances in income redistribution across countries. In particular, we first review available sources of data and measures of income redistribution, discussing the pros and cons of each one. Second, we outline a conceptual framework that distinguishes traditional demand side explanations of redistribution from resources and instruments, as well as supply side factors. We then provide empirical evidence on the association between these different factors and the observed degree of redistribution. Our analysis supports the view that – for a given demand of redistribution – political (and economic) institutions contribute to explain differences across countries in the observed degree of redistribution.
Subjects: 
redistribution
ex ante and ex post Gini coefficients
political and economic institutions
JEL: 
D78
I38
H53
H11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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