Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? A Comparative Study of Muslim and Christian Respondents

Religions 10 (72), 2019

10 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2019

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Robert W. McGee

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting

Serkan Benk

Inonu University

Bahadir Yuzbasi

Inonu University

Date Written: January 23, 2019

Abstract

This study used the most recent World Values Survey dataset to determine whether Christian and Muslim views on the acceptability of taxing the rich and subsidizing the poor was an essential feature of democracy. The sample size included more than 23,000 individuals from more than 50 countries. More than a dozen socioeconomic and attitudinal variables were also examined to determine whether significant differences existed. The study found that differences in viewpoint were often significant.

Keywords: religion, religiosity, ethics, redistribution, property rights, economic inequality, government, subsidy, tax, public finance

JEL Classification: D31, D72, E62, H2, H23, O15, P16, P26, P48, Z12

Suggested Citation

McGee, Robert W. and Benk, Serkan and Yuzbasi, Bahadir, Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? A Comparative Study of Muslim and Christian Respondents (January 23, 2019). Religions 10 (72), 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3321442

Robert W. McGee

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Fayetteville, NC 28301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://robertwmcgee.com

Serkan Benk (Contact Author)

Inonu University ( email )

İnönü Üniversitesi
Maliye Bölümü
Malatya, 44280
Turkey

Bahadir Yuzbasi

Inonu University ( email )

Malatya Merkez
Malatya, 44000
Turkey

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