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Risk-Aversion and Social Mobility: The Impossibility of Order-Preserving Income Redistributions

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  • Leif Danziger
  • Heinrich Ursprung

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The traditional criticism notwithstanding, we show that social mobility can, in principle, explain political income redistributions. Nonetheless, the social-mobility argument for redistribution is not satisfactory, as actual transition probabilities are not consistent with order-preserving redistributions.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 321.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_321

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Keywords: Political economy; social mobility; income redistribution;

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