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Purpose The paper queries the impacts of income inequality on economic growth in selected advanced and emerging market economies by adopting nonlinearity and endogeneity.

Methods ― This research analysis is based on a balanced panel from 1996 to 2018 and employs the dynamic panel threshold analysis after baseline estimations with the fixed-effect, system Generalized Method of Moments, and difference Generalized Method of Moments.

Findings ― This study finds a nonlinearity between income inequality and economic growth. Income inequality has a significant threshold effect on the growth of both panels. Besides, the threshold effect of emerging market countries is higher than the level for advanced countries. This means emerging market economies are negatively affected above the estimated threshold value according to the advanced economies.

Implication ― This paper supports that inequality may harm much more economic growth above a specific level. On the other hand, these distorting effects are related to the other economic issues of countries, such as government spending, inflation, export of goods and services, gross fixed capital formation, and foreign direct investment.

Originality ― This paper contributes to the literature by focusing on the nonlinear effects of income inequality and different aspects of economic growth above or below the estimated threshold value, thereby providing cross-country comparability and endogeneity.


Income inequality economic growth threshold analysis dynamic panel nonlinearity

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Author Biography

Emin Efecan Aktas, Department of Accounting and Tax Practices, Kirsehir Ahi Evran University, Kirşehir, Turkey

 Department of Accounting and Tax Practices

Assistant Professor

How to Cite
Aktas, E. E., & Iyidogan, P. V. . (2022). Nonlinear effects of ıncome ınequality on economic growth: A comparative analysis of selected countries. Economic Journal of Emerging Markets, 14(1), 72–84.


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