# What is the Kuznets Curve?

What is the Kuznets Curve?

Economist Simon Kuznets observed that as economies grow from a pre-industrial state into what we know as a developed state, economic inequality initially surges but eventually levels off and finally falls. The resulting curve takes the form of an upside down U. This is now known as the Kuznets curve, and the same curve for income inequality applies to environmental quality.