Rapid GDP growth in African countries and income distribution

  • Alex Brice Fokou Tetougueni

Student thesis: Master typesSpecialised Master in International and Development Economics

Abstract

This study presents an empirical analysis of the evolution of income inequality between 1990 and 2015. It also provides a recent literature review on the relationship between income inequality and economic growth. Finally, it makes econometric estimates on the impact of income inequality on per capita GDP and investigates some transmission channels through which income inequality affect economic growth. The model used for the purpose is a dynamic model based on Panel data from African Countries. The main finding is that, an increase in income inequality would lead to an increase in GDP per capita up to a certain level at which, any increase in income inequality would reduce GDP per capita. We also found that fertility rate and investment are the channels through which income inequality would influence significantly and negatively per capita GDP.
Date of Award31 May 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Namur
SupervisorMary Van Overbeke (Supervisor) & Francois Woitrin (Co-Supervisor)

Keywords

  • income inequality
  • economic growth
  • transmission channels
  • dynamic panel model

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Rapid GDP growth in African countries and income distribution
Fokou Tetougueni, A. B. (Author). 31 May 2019

Student thesis: Master typesSpecialised Master in International and Development Economics