A new approach to financial integration and market income inequality

John Nkwoma Inekwe, Yi Jin, Maria Rebecca Valenzuela

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Abstract

Using loan contracts of firms in the syndicated loan market, we generate weighted aggregate measures of financial connections of emerging market economies and relate these financial integration indices to income inequality. The results reveal that financial integration is beneficial in reducing market income inequality, but worsens net income inequality. Financial intermediation is detrimental to net income inequality, but beneficial in lowering market income inequality. The results show that independent access to financing has no relationship with income inequality. The results are invariant using alternative income inequality indices and using external instrument against internal instrument in identifying the equations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-147
Number of pages14
JournalEmerging Markets Review
Volume37
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Networks
  • Institutions
  • Financial integration
  • Income inequality

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