Income distribution and economic cycle: Spain 2003-2011

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Abstract

© Investigaciones Regionales. This article analyzes the relationship between economic cycle and inequality in the Spanish regions in the period 2003-2011. The results indicate that inequality presents a clearly cyclical behavior: During the expansionary phase (2003-2007) the inequality and polarization decrease meanwhile during the recessionary phase (2008-2011) a clear increase of inequality has occurred. Also the increase of poverty has been observed. At a regional level, these regions with lower GDP per capita experience higher increases of inequality as a consequence of the crisis, so the welfare gaps between regions becomes larger.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-77
JournalInvestigaciones Regionales
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Economic cycle
  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • Regional analysis
  • Spain
  • Welfare

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