Is there a Kuznets' process in Southeast Asia?

Abdullah, Abdul Jabbar, Doucouliagos, Hristos and Manning, Elizabeth 2015, Is there a Kuznets' process in Southeast Asia?, Singapore economic review, vol. 60, no. 02, Article number: 1550017, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.1142/S0217590815500174.

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Title Is there a Kuznets' process in Southeast Asia?
Author(s) Abdullah, Abdul Jabbar
Doucouliagos, HristosORCID iD for Doucouliagos, Hristos
Manning, ElizabethORCID iD for Manning, Elizabeth
Journal name Singapore economic review
Volume number 60
Issue number 02
Season Article number: 1550017
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher World Scientific
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 0217-5908
Summary Relatively little is known about the determinants of inequality in Southeast Asia. This paper fills this void by comprehensively testing Kuznets’ hypothesis for Southeast Asia. We estimate both unconditional and conditional Kuznets’ curves using panel data for 8 countries. The analysis suggests the existence of a Kuznets’ curve with respect to per capita income; the path of inequality is nonlinear with respect to economic development. There is no evidence of a Kuznets curve with respect to non-agricultural employment. There is some evidence in terms of urbanization, though this is not robust. There is robust evidence on the role of national governments and education in shaping the path of inequality in the region. Government involvement reduces inequality. Education appears to have a non-linear effect on inequality.
Language eng
DOI 10.1142/S0217590815500174
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio Economic Objective 910103 Economic Growth
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, World Scientific
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