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Attitudes toward income inequality in France: Do people really disagree?

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  • Piketty, Thomas

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These seminar notes report preliminary findings from a survey run in July 1998 in France on individual attitudes toward income inequality. The main finding is that people simply do not seem to disagree very much about the ideal pay scale and income ratios across individuals. Low-income individuals, as well as left-wing voters, do indeed tend to favor a more compressed income distribution than high-income individuals and right-wing supporters, but the point is that these disagreements are quantitatively very small. In particular, people seem to disagree much more about issues such as the death penalty, foreigners, the rôle of women, etc., than about income inequality.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Couverture Orange) with number 9918.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:cepmap:9918

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  1. Salvador Balle & Amedeo Spadaro, 2006. "Optimal Nonlinear Labor Income Taxation in Dynamic Economies," Working Papers, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality 19, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Konrad, Kai A. & Spadaro, Amedeo, 2005. "Education, Redistributive Taxation and Confidence," IZA Discussion Papers 1478, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  4. Jacques Silber & Olivier Giovannoni & Amedeo Spadaro, 2007. "Inequality of Life Chances and the Measurement of Social Immobility," Economics Working Paper Archive, Levy Economics Institute wp_513, Levy Economics Institute.
  5. Suhrcke, Marc, 2001. "Preferences for inequality : East vs. West," HWWA Discussion Papers, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) 150, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).

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