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Journal of Economic Integration 2018 September;33(3) :604-628.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.11130/jei.2018.33.3.604
Regional Integration and Income Inequality in ECOWAS Zone
Muriel Eyram Silo Ametoglo
Ping Guo and 
Kwami Ossadzifo Wonyra 
School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University, Changsha 410079, China
LAREA, Université de Kara, BP 43, Togo
Corresponding Author: Muriel Eyram Silo Ametoglo ,Email: murielametoglo@hnu.edu.cn
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ABSTRACT
This paper investigates the relationship between regional integration and inequality for the 15 states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the period of 2004~2013. Our results suggest that political integration reduces income inequality, while economic integration increases the income gap in ECOWAS zones.

JEL Classification
F14: Empirical Studies of Trade
F15: Economic Integration
D31: Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
O15: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
Keywords: Regional integration | Income inequality | Economic integration | Political i
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