Work-in-Progress: "Mind the Gaps: Exploring the Interactions between Political and Economic Inequality in Latin America"

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A Kellogg Work-in-Progress Seminar with Visiting Fellow Diego Sánchez-Ancochea.

A common argument in the literature is that political and economic inequality reinforce each other to create a negative equilibrium. Latin America is an example of this negative feedback loop: a powerful elite has historically influenced public policy in its favor, thus contributing to economic inequality. But does higher political inequality always signal higher economic inequality in practice? Sánchez-Ancochea studies the cross-country relation between political and economic inequality through cluster analysis. He illustrates different patterns of interaction among Latin American countries and proposes hypotheses to explain them.

Originally published at conductorshare.nd.edu.