Evidence from Subjective Datathe Emerging Aversion to Inequality
Paris School of Economics
Paris School of Economics (PSE)
Economics of Transition, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 1-26, January 2010
This paper provides evidence of the changing attitudes to inequality during transition to the market in Poland. Using repeated cross-sections of the population, it identifies a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and satisfaction. Whereas in the first stage of the transition process, an increase in income inequality was interpreted by the population as a positive signal of wider opportunities, later in the transition period increased inequality became a factor in dissatisfaction with the country’s economic situation. This was accompanied by increasing public sentiment that the process of income distribution is flawed and corrupt.
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Date posted: December 1, 2009
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