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Campaign Advertising, Redistribution and the Gap between Incomes of Rich and Poor

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  • Dan Usher

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    (Queen's University)

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The effect of a widening of the distribution of income upon society's choice of the amount of redistribution is a balancing of two opposing forces: the increase in redistribution in response to the increased ratio of mean to median income and the decrease in response to the greater advertising advantage of the wealthier half of the population. One cannot say a priori which force predominates.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1279.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1279

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Keywords: Campaign Advertising; Redistribution; Income Distribution;

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  1. Stefano DellaVigna & Ethan Kaplan, 2007. "The Fox News Effect: Media Bias and Voting," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 122(3), pages 1187-1234, 08.
  2. David Austen-Smith, 1987. "Interest groups, campaign contributions, and probabilistic voting," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 54(2), pages 123-139, January.
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