Unequal Opportunities and Distributive Justice
AbstractWe provide experimental evidence on how unequal access to performance enhancing education affects demand for redistribution. People earn money in a real effort experiment and can then decide how to distribute it among themselves and another subjects. We compare situations in which randomly chosen people get access to performance enhancing education with situations in which either only luck or only performance determines outcome. We find that unequal opportunities evoke a preference for redistribution that is comparable to the situation when luck alone determines the allocation. However, people with unequal access to education are more likely to disagree about the appropriate distribution.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2011-11.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 06 Apr 2011
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- D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics; Underlying Principles
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-05-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2011-05-24 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2011-05-24 (Experimental Economics)
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