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The emerging aversion to inequality - Evidence from subjective data

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  • Grosfeld, Irena
  • Senik, Claudia

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This paper provides evidence of the changing attitudes to inequality during transition to the market in Poland. Using repeated cross-sections of the population, it identifies a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and satisfaction. Whereas in the first stage of the transition process, an increase in income inequality was interpreted by the population as a positive signal of wider opportunities, later in the transition period increased inequality became a factor in dissatisfaction with the country’s economic situation. This was accompanied by increasing public sentiment that the process of income distribution is flawed and corrupt.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 1006.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:1006

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Keywords: Inequality; Subjective Well-being; Growth; Breakpoint; Transition;

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  1. Rafael Di Tella & Robert J. MacCulloch & Andrew J. Oswald, 2003. "The Macroeconomics of Happiness," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(4), pages 809-827, November.
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  3. Rafael Di Tella & Robert MacCulloch, 2005. "Gross National Happiness as an Answer to the Easterlin Paradox?," Macroeconomics 0504027, EconWPA.
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  1. Bargain, Olivier & Dolls, Mathias & Neumann, Dirk & Peichl, Andreas & Siegloch, Sebastian, 2013. "Comparing Inequality Aversion across Countries When Labor Supply Responses Differ," IZA Discussion Papers 7215, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Denisova, Irina & Eller, Markus & Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina, 2009. "What do Russians think about transition?," CEPR Discussion Papers 7492, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Zagórski, K. & Piotrowska, K., 2013. "GINI DP 66: Income Inequality in Nations and Sub- national Regions, Happiness and Economic Attitudes," GINI Discussion Papers 66, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
  4. Olivier Bargain & Mathias Dolls & Dirk Neumann & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2011. "Tax-Benefit Systems in Europe and the US: Between Equity and Efficiency," Working Papers 201102, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.

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