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Why are relatively poor people not more supportive of redistribution? Evidence from a Survey Experiment across 10 countries


Autor institucional : Australian National University - Oxfam Great Britain
Autor/Autores: Christopher Hoy y Franziska Mager
Fecha de publicación: Noviembre 2018
Alcance geográfico: Mundial
Publicado en: Alemania
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Resumen: Using new cross-country and experimental evidence, we test a key assumption of conventional theories about preferences for redistribution, which is relatively poor people should be the most in favour of redistribution. We conduct a survey experiment across 10 countries with over 30,000 participants, half of which are informed of their position in the national income distribution. Contrary to prevailing wisdom, people who are told they are relatively poorer than they thought become less concerned about inequality and do not become more supportive of redistribution. This finding is driven by people using their own living standard as a "benchmark" for what they consider acceptable for others.



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