Who to Help? Trust and Preferences Over Redistribution in Russia

27 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2014

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Ekaterina Borisova

University of Lille

Andrei Govorun

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Denis Ivanov

The Higher School of Economics

Irina Levina

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Date Written: October 21, 2014

Abstract

Who will you help if you have a higher level of interpersonal trust? In a set of surveys of about 34,000 individuals done in 2007-2011 in Russia we show that higher levels of trust in a region are connected with more support for government redistribution in favour of those who performed services for their homeland (war veterans, distinguished teachers, doctors). Less demand for government support is found for the poor, the homeless, those having many children and others in difficult life situations as people expect help from others, i.e. that social capital substitute for the government. Overall higher trust could have outcomes that could not be interpreted as good for everybody. Promoting growth policies should account for it otherwise they could be counterproductive.

Keywords: redistribution, redistribution target groups, preferences over redistribution, social capital, trust

JEL Classification: Z13, H23

Suggested Citation

Borisova, Ekaterina and Govorun, Andrei and Ivanov, Denis and Levina, Irina, Who to Help? Trust and Preferences Over Redistribution in Russia (October 21, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 67/EC/2014 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2512794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2512794

Ekaterina Borisova (Contact Author)

University of Lille ( email )

Cité Scientifique
Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 59650
France

Andrei Govorun

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Denis Ivanov

The Higher School of Economics ( email )

Moscow
Russia

Irina Levina

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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