The distributional consequences of rent seeking

Angelopoulos, A., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S. and Philippopoulos, A. (2021) The distributional consequences of rent seeking. Economic Inquiry, 59(4), pp. 1616-1640. (doi: 10.1111/ecin.13009)

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We analyze the distributional effects of rent-seeking via the financial sector in a model calibrated to US data. Rent-seeking implies a misallocation of resources that increases wealth inequality among non-rent-seekers and for the whole economy. A deterioration in institutional quality implying more rent-seeking leads to welfare losses for non-rent-seekers, especially for those with higher earnings and initial wealth, because they are most affected by the deterioration of the aggregate economy. On the other hand, welfare gains are larger for rent seekers with higher earnings and wealth, who have an increased resource extraction capacity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding information: Athens University of Economic and Business, Grant/Award Number: EP‐ 2609‐01; Scottish Economic Society.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Philippopoulos, Prof Apostolis and Lazarakis, Mr Spyridon and Angelopoulos, Dr Konstantinos
Authors: Angelopoulos, A., Angelopoulos, K., Lazarakis, S., and Philippopoulos, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Economic Inquiry
ISSN (Online):1465-7295
Published Online:14 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Economic Inquiry 59(4): 1616-1640
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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