Individual Preferences for Political Redistribution

32 Pages Posted: 22 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)

H. P. Gruner

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

What drives people's support of governmental reduction of income inequality? We employ data from a large international survey in order to evaluate the explanatory power of three competing forces, referred to as the "homo oeconomicus effect", the "public values effect", and the "social rivalry effect". The empirical analysis reveals that at the aggregate level all three effects play a significant role in shaping individual preferences for political redistribution. Attitudes of citizens in formerly socialist countries turn out to differ from those of western citizens in a systematic way.

Keywords: Governmental redistribution, political attitudes

JEL Classification: D31, D72, H23

Suggested Citation

Corneo, Giacomo and Grüner, Hans Peter, Individual Preferences for Political Redistribution (February 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2694. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=264331

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