Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? An Empirical Study of Opinion in 59 Countries

8 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2016

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Robert W. McGee

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting

Date Written: November 23, 2016

Abstract

The present study reports the findings of a survey conducted by the World Values Survey scientists in 59 countries on the question of whether governments should tax the rich and subsidize the poor. A 10-point Likert Scale was used to determine the extent of agreement or disagreement with the question. Results varied widely, depending on country.

Keywords: tax, subsidy, government, ethics, redistribution, North America, Asia, Africa, Latin America, South America, Oceana

JEL Classification: H1, H2, H23, H24, H25, H5, I3, K34, O51, O52, O53, O54, O55, O56

Suggested Citation

McGee, Robert W., Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? An Empirical Study of Opinion in 59 Countries (November 23, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2874653

Robert W. McGee (Contact Author)

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Fayetteville, NC 28301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://robertwmcgee.com

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