Research

Below are particularly useful studies examining the link between social equity and economic growth.

Alesina, Alberto and Roberto Perotti (1996). “Income distribution, political instability, and investment.” European Economic Review 40: 1203–1228.

Alesina, A. and D. Rodrik (1994). “Distributive politics and economic growth.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 109(2): 465–490.

Berg, Andrew G. and Jonathan D. Ostry (2011). “Inequality and Unsustainable Growth: Two Sides of the Same Coin?” IMF Staff Discussion Note SDN/11/08. Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund.

Birdsall, N., D. Ross and R. Sabot (1995). “Inequality and growth reconsidered: lessons from East Asia.” The World Bank Economic Review 9(3): 477. (Restricted)

Deninger, K. and L. Squire (1996). “Measuring income inequality: a new database.” The World Bank Economic Review 10(3): 565–591.

Eberts, Randall, George Erickcek and Jack Kleinhenz (2006). “Dashboard Indicators for the Northeast Ohio Economy: Prepared for the Fund for Our Economic Future.” Working Paper 06-05. Cleveland, OH: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Ledebur, Larry C. and William R. Barnes (1993). “All In It Together: Cities, Suburbs and Local Economic Regions.” Washington, DC: National League of Cities.

Lopez, Humberto and Luis Serven (2009). “Too Poor to Grow.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Panizza, Ugo (2002). “Income inequality and economic growth: evidence from American data.” Journal of Economic Growth 7(1): 25–41.

Pastor, Manuel, Bill Lester and Justin Scoggins (2009a). “Why regions? Why now? Who cares?” Journal of Urban Affairs 31(3): 269–296. (Restricted)

Pastor, Manuel and Chris Benner (2008). “Been down so long: week market cities and regional equity.” In Rick McGahey and Jennifer S. Vey (eds.), Retooling for growth: building a 21st century economy in America’s older industrial areas. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press.

Pastor, M, (2006). “Cohesion and competitiveness: business leadership for regional growth and social equity.” In OECD (ed.) OECD Territorial Reviews: Competitive Cities in the Global Economy. Paris: OECD, pp. 288–298.

Pastor, Manuel, Peter Dreier, Eugene Grigsby and Marta Lopez-Garza (2000). Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Partridge, Mark (1997). “Is inequality harmful for growth? Comments.” American Economic Review 87: 1019–1032. (Restricted)

Persson, T. and G. Tabellini (1994). “Is inequality harmful for growth?” The American Economic Review 84(3): 600–621.

Rodrik, D. (1999). “Where did all the growth go? External shocks, social conflict, and growth collapses.” Journal of Economic Growth 4(4): 385–412.

Rusk, David (1993). Cities without Suburbs. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press.

Savitch, H. V., David Collins, Daniel Sander and John Markham (1993). “Ties that bind: central cities, suburbs, and the new metropolitan region.” Economic Development Quarterly 7(4): 341–357. (Restricted)

Treuhaft, Sarah, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Manuel Pastor (2011). “America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model.” Oakland, CA: PolicyLink.

Voith, Richard (1998). “Do suburbs need cities?” Journal of Regional Science 38(3): 445–465. (Restricted)

We’re looking to add to this list – we welcome your suggestions in the comments below.

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