The Emerging Aversion to Inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992-2005
38 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008
This paper provides an illustration of the changing tolerance for inequality in a context of radical political and economic transformation and rapid economic growth. We focus on the Polish experience of transition and explore self-declared attitudes of the citizens. Using monthly representative surveys of the population, realized by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relation between income inequality and subjective evaluation of well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with the increasing distrust of political elites.
Keywords: inequality, subjective satisfaction, breakpoint, transition
JEL Classification: C25, D31, I30, P20, P26
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