Redistribución, desigualdad y crecimiento

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Jonathan D. Ostry
Andrew Berg
Charalambos G. Tsangarides


Este artículo emplea un conjunto de datos reciente que distingue entre desigualdad neta y de mercado, y permite calcular las transferencias redistributivas anuales de un gran número de países. Las principales conclusiones son: 1. Sociedades más desiguales tienden a redistribuir más. 2. Una menor desigualdad neta se correlaciona robustamente con un crecimiento más rápido y más durable, dado un nivel de redistribución. 3. El impacto de la redistribución sobre el crecimiento parece ser benigno en general, y hay evidencia de que solo en casos extremos puede tener efectos negativos. Por tanto, sus efectos conjuntos, directos e indirectos –incluidos los efectos de la menor desigualdad resultante–, son favorables al crecimiento. Pese a las limitaciones inherentes al conjunto de datos y al análisis de regresión, no se puede suponer que hay un gran trade-off entre redistribución y crecimiento; los mejores datos macroeconómicos disponibles no respaldan esa hipótesis.

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