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4. Government intervention in the economy, often justified as designed primarily to increase equality, is generally assumed to achieve that purpose [Adelman and Taft Morris (1973), Papanek (1975)]. But our results do not support the contention that intervention increases equality in mixed economies. Our proxy for the extent of government intervention was the share of public investment in total investment. Its use resulted in coefficients that are small and not significant. A plausible explanation [see Papanek (1979a)] is that intervention often benefits not the poor, but another part of the elite: the political, bureaucratic and military leadership, workers in public enterprises and favorite businessmen.


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