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Inflation and Income Inequality :, Is Food Inflation Different?, James Walsh, Jiangyan Yu

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Abstract
There is an extensive literature noting that high inflation can add to income inequality, and a parallel literature assessing the effect of rising food prices on the poor. This paper attempts to combine these strands by dividing inflation into food and nonfood inflation and assessing whether food inflation affects income inequality differently from nonfood inflation. In an international sample and a sample of Chinese provinces, nonfood inflation exacerbates income inequality while the role of food inflation is more mixed. In a sample of Indian states broken down into urban and rural areas, we find that nonfood inflation adds to income inequality in both areas, while food inflation has a neutral to positive effect on income inequality in rural areas, providing support for the theory that rural wages may respond elastically to food prices
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; I. Introduction and Background; II. Stylized Facts; A. Inflation and Macroeconomic Data; B. Inequality Data; Figures; Figure 1: Cross Country: GDP Per Capita and Change of Gini, 2000-2010; Figure 2: Cross Country: Food Inflation and Change of Gini, 2000-2010; Figure 3: Cross Country: Non-food Inflation and Change of Gini, 2000-2010; C. China; Figure 4. China: Provincial GDP Per Capita and Change of Inequality, 2000-2005; Figure 5. China: Food Inflation and Change of Theil Index, 2000-2005; D. India; E. Other Data
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (23 p.)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781475533309

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