Inequality and growth
Updated May 2006
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Could you please send references that are more related to the question of Inequality being neccessary to economic growth in South Africa?
Hi, I can’t think of particular references on that specific question. In general (i.e. not just in relation to South Africa) it can be argued that inequality is needed to maintain incentives, and that high inequality promotes high saving rates; but the empirical literature is ambiguous. A good empirical paper is Perotti (Journal of Economic Growth 1996).
This may seem like a silly question but I’m having trouble finding these articles. How exactly can one get hold of the journals?
Most of these journals are written with an academic readership in mind, so the usual way to access them would be via a university library, or another institution with multiple journal subscriptions. But in some cases, you may well be able to track down working paper versions freely available online. For papers in economics, the IDEAS database would often be the best place to start; and scholar.google is also worth trying.
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