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The Evolution of Ideology, Fairness and Redistribution


Alberto F. Alesina


Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Guido Cozzi


Durham University

Noemi Mantovan


University of Wales System - Bangor University

December 2009

NBER Working Paper No. w15587

Abstract:     
Ideas about what is "fair" above and beyond the individual's position in the income ladder influence preferences for redistribution. We study the dynamic evolution of different economies in which redistributive policies, perceptions of fairness, inequality and growth are jointly determined. We show how including fairness explains various observed correlations between inequality, redistribution and growth. We also show how different beliefs about fairness can keep two otherwise identical countries in different development paths for a very long time.

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Date posted: December 22, 2009  

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Alesina, Alberto F. and Cozzi, Guido and Mantovan, Noemi, The Evolution of Ideology, Fairness and Redistribution (December 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15587. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1525765

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Alberto F. Alesina (Contact Author)
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Guido Cozzi
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Noemi Mantovan
University of Wales System - Bangor University ( email )
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