Saturday, July 7, 2007

in the most recent issue of European Economic Review:

Income inequality and colonialism

Luis Angeles

This paper proposes that colonialism is a major explanation behind today's differences in income inequality across countries. We argue that income inequality has been higher in the colonies where the percentage of European settlers to total population was higher, as long as Europeans remained a minority. The countries where Europeans became the majority of the population did not suffer from high inequality. These initial differences continue to hold today. The empirical evidence we provide strongly supports our thesis.

An older non-gated version of the paper is available here.

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