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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