Inequality, democracy and the protection of property rights

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Abstract

Motivated by the observed relevance of institutional quality, such as strong property rights, for economic performance, this research considers the emergence of property rights protection as a political outcome. It argues that the support for such protection is greater the more equal income distribution and the smaller political bias. When these conditions initially hold, the politically influential rich elite may prefer to relinquish its power through democratisation in order to commit future policy makers to the enforcement of property rights, thus ensuring larger investment and faster growth along the transition path. In a very unequal economy, however, such democratisation will not take place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-269
Number of pages18
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume117
Issue number516
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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