The essay sets out the classic Paretian theory of income distribution. As it does so, it seeks to highlight the constant elements in the human faculties represented, at aggregate level, by the invariability and persistence of the asymmetric income curve, and the variable elements connected with the same curve and manifest in upward and downward mobility – what Pareto calls ‘circulation’. The two theorems arising from Pareto’s discovery constitute a specific theory of development which has been confirmed from two points of view: in the positive sense of development when – as in the West – the second theorem has been applied (also independently of Pareto) with the connected theory of the entrepreneur and innovation in democratic regimes; but also in the negative sense of underdevelopment, with the destruction of wealth and the consequent general impoverishment, when expropriation policies have been implemented in despotic regimes, or excessive taxation in others.

Constants and Variables: Pareto's Asymmetric Distribution Curve / Garzia, Biagio Cosimo. - In: REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE SOCIOLOGIE. - ISSN 0390-6701. - STAMPA. - 20:1(2010), pp. 15-33.

Constants and Variables: Pareto's Asymmetric Distribution Curve

Garzia, Biagio Cosimo
2010

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The essay sets out the classic Paretian theory of income distribution. As it does so, it seeks to highlight the constant elements in the human faculties represented, at aggregate level, by the invariability and persistence of the asymmetric income curve, and the variable elements connected with the same curve and manifest in upward and downward mobility – what Pareto calls ‘circulation’. The two theorems arising from Pareto’s discovery constitute a specific theory of development which has been confirmed from two points of view: in the positive sense of development when – as in the West – the second theorem has been applied (also independently of Pareto) with the connected theory of the entrepreneur and innovation in democratic regimes; but also in the negative sense of underdevelopment, with the destruction of wealth and the consequent general impoverishment, when expropriation policies have been implemented in despotic regimes, or excessive taxation in others.
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Garzia, Biagio Cosimo
Constants and Variables: Pareto's Asymmetric Distribution Curve / Garzia, Biagio Cosimo. - In: REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE SOCIOLOGIE. - ISSN 0390-6701. - STAMPA. - 20:1(2010), pp. 15-33.
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