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GINI DP 66: Income Inequality in Nations and Sub- national Regions, Happiness and Economic Attitudes

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  • Zagórski, K.
  • Piotrowska, K.
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    Impact exerted by income inequality on happiness and etatist (interventionist) versus liberal (pro free- market) economic attitudes are analyzed. Income inequality in different countries reduces happiness, understood as public satisfaction with material standard of living and with life as a whole. The results suggest also that income inequality, measured by GINI coefficients, calculated for representative samples of both sub-national (regional) and national populations, decreases public support for saving on social programs and increases public support for economic intervention by the governments. Two kinds of multi- level regression analysis (individual and national as well as individual and regional) bring similar results in this respect.

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    Paper provided by AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies in its series GINI Discussion Papers with number 66.

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    1. Alberto Alesina & Rafael Di Tella & Robert MacCulloch, 2001. "Inequality and Happiness: Are Europeans and Americans Different?," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1938, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
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