Eric Zolt

UCLA Law School
Box 951476, 2113 Law Bldg
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

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Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2011Inequality and the Evolution of Taxation
with Kenneth L. Sokoloff
in Economic Development in the Americas since 1500: Endowments and Institutions, Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff
August 2010Income Inequality and Local Government in the United States, 1970-2000
with Leah Platt Boustan, Fernando Ferreira, Hernan Winkler: w16299
The income distribution in many developed countries widened dramatically from 1970 to 2000. Scholars speculate that inequality contributes to a host of social ills by weakening the public sector. In contrast, we find that growing income inequality is associated with an expansion in revenues and expenditures on a wide range of services at the municipal and school district levels in the United States. These results are robust to a number of model specifications, including instrumental variables that deal with the endogeneity of local expenditures. Our results are inconsistent with models that predict heterogeneous societies provide lower levels of public goods.

Published: “The Effect of Rising Income Inequality on Taxa tion and Public Expenditures: Evidence from US Municipalities and School Districts, 1970-2000,” with Fernando Ferreira, Hernan Winkler and Eric Zolt. Review of Economics and Statistics , 95 (2013), 1291–1302.

July 2007Inequality and the Evolution of Institutions of Taxation: Evidence from the Economic History of the Americas
with Kenneth L. Sokoloff
in The Decline of Latin American Economies: Growth, Institutions, and Crises, Sebastian Edwards, Gerardo Esquivel and Graciela Márquez, editors

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