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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Inequality reduces growth

Recently the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, said:
Our research shows that, if you lift the income share of the poor and middle class by 1 percentage point, then GDP growth increases by as much as 0.38 percentage points in a country over five years. By contrast, if you lift the income share of the rich by 1 percentage point, then GDP growth decreases by 0.08 percentage points.
(Source)

So much for higher inequality incentivising hoi polloi to work harder and thus boost GDP growth


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