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The Emerging Aversion to Inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992–2005

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  • Grosfeld, Irena

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    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Senik, Claudia

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    (Paris School of Economics)

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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 transition experience, and explore individuals' self-reported attitudes. Using unusually long and frequent (monthly) representative surveys of the population, carried out by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with increasing distrust of political elites.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3484.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Publication status: published in: Economics of Transition, 2010, 18 (1), 1–26
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Keywords: inequality; subjective satisfaction; breakpoint; transition;

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Cited by:
  1. 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.
  2. Senik, Claudia, 2007. "Direct Evidence on Income Comparisons and their Welfare Effects," IZA Discussion Papers 3195, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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