Inequality and the State: Comparing U.S. And German Preferences

20 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2001

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Giacomo Corneo

Free University of Berlin (FUB); Universität Osnabrück - Faculty of Business Administration - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

Survey data from the United States, West Germany and East Germany are analyzed to compare individual attitudes towards political redistribution in each country. In West Germany the homo oeconomicus effect, the social rivalry effect and the public values effect simultaneously retain an independent explanatory power of individual attitudes. In the United States the third effect disappears. In East Germany both the second and the third effect disappear.

JEL Classification: D31, D72, H23

Suggested Citation

Corneo, Giacomo, Inequality and the State: Comparing U.S. And German Preferences (December 2000). CESifo Working Paper Series No.398. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260914

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