Benjamin Katzman

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Shyam Gouri Suresh

This project examines the determinants of income inequality (as measured by the Gini coefficient) across American states. Specifically, the project focuses on the effect of economic growth relative to other commonly used economic, policy, and demographic variables. The project will also explore the effect of real GDP per capita on inequality and will investigate the possible presence of the Kuznets curve. Hypothesis testing did not indicate statistical significance of economic growth, and the Kuznets curve did not appear in the predicted value of the Gini coefficients for different levels of real GDP per capita.