The Role of Cultural Attributes in Inequality and Poverty
This paper uses cross country data to explore the role of cultural attributes in inequality of income distribution and poverty within countries. Using the Hofstede cultural dimensions, we found that individualism is negatively correlated with the Gini index and poverty ratio. We also found that the lower the status of women in a society, the higher the level of poverty in that society. Furthermore, we found that combing the cultural variables in the analysis significantly improves its ability to explain the differences in inequality and poverty in different countries.
Leon Zolotoy, Miki Malul, and Amir Shoham. 2009. "The Role of Cultural Attributes in Inequality and Poverty" Leon Zolotoy
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