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The Emerging Aversion to Inequality. Evidence from Poland 1992-2005

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  • Grosfeld, Irena
  • Senik, Claudia

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This paper provides an illustration of the changing tolerance for inequality in a context of radical political and economic transformation and rapid economic growth. We focus on the Polish experience of transition and explore self-declared attitudes of the citizens. Using monthly representative surveys of the population, realized by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relation between income inequality and subjective evaluation of well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with the increasing distrust of political elites.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 0805.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:0805

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Keywords: Inequality; Subjective satisfaction; Breakpoint; Transition; Poland;

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  1. Senik, Claudia, 2007. "Direct Evidence on Income Comparisons and their Welfare Effects," IZA Discussion Papers 3195, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Pauline Grosjean & Frantisek Ricka & Claudia Senik, 2011. "Learning, political attitudes and the crisis in transition countries," Working Papers 140, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist.

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