Headwinds, Tailwinds and Preferences for Redistributive Healthcare

The Social Science Journal, Forthcoming

44 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2020 Last revised: 17 Feb 2020

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David Chavanne

Connecticut College - Economics Department

Date Written: November 21, 2019

Abstract

Using different versions of a vignette, this study examines how preferences for redistributive healthcare change as luck plays a progressively stronger role in contributing to wealth and poverty. Participants saw one version of a vignette that describes why someone is wealthy or poor, with wealth and poverty stemming from effort, various mixtures of effort and luck, one dimension of luck, or two dimensions of luck. Results show that support for redistributive healthcare increases as bad luck becomes marginally more important in causing poverty but is unaffected as good luck becomes marginally more important in causing wealth. These results imply that preferences for redistributive healthcare may be sensitive to information that points to the unlucky barriers (headwinds) that affect the poor but insensitive to information that points to the lucky blessings (tailwinds) that affect the wealthy.

Keywords: redistribution, luck, effort, deservingness, health economics

JEL Classification: C90, D31, D63, I30

Suggested Citation

Chavanne, David, Headwinds, Tailwinds and Preferences for Redistributive Healthcare (November 21, 2019). The Social Science Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3511706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3511706

David Chavanne (Contact Author)

Connecticut College - Economics Department ( email )

New London, CT 06320
United States

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