Redistributive public employment

Alberto Alesina, Reza Baqir, William Easterly

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    Politicians may use "disguised" redistributive policies in order to circumvent opposition to explicit tax-transfer schemes. First, we present a theoretical model that formalizes this hypothesis. Next, we provide evidence consistent with the prediction of the model, namely that in U.S. cities, politicians use public employment as such a redistributive device. We find that city employment is significantly higher in cities where income inequality and ethnic fragmentation are higher.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)219-241
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Urban Economics
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Sep 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Urban Studies


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