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Ever since the pathbreaking work of Kuznets (1955), economists have been concerned with the question of how inequality should respond to income growth in a two-sector economy. How does inequality change when those in a particular sector (here termed ‘high-income’ and ‘low-income’) get richer? When the high-income sector gets larger and incorporates a larger share of the population? The present paper adds a new perspective to the debate about the effects of the enrichment and enlargement of various sectors on (relative) income inequality.


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© Wiley. Final version published as: Fields, G. S. (1993). Inequality in dual economy models. The Economic Journal, 103(420), 1228-1235.
doi: 10.2307/2234248
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Fields, G. S. (1993). Inequality in dual economy models[Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site: