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Preferences for Inequality: East vs. West

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  • Marc Suhrcke
  • UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
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    Do preferences for income inequality differ systematically between the post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Western established market economies? This paper analyses 1999 data from a large international survey to address this question. In particular, we examine whether attitudes to inequality differ between East and West even after the 'conventional' determinants of attitudes are controlled for. Results suggest that this is indeed the case. A decade after the breakdown of communism, people in transition countries are indeed significantly more 'egalitarian' than those living in the West, in the sense that they are less willing to tolerate existing income inequalities, even after the actual level of income inequality and other determinants of attitudes are taken into account.

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    Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa01/17.

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    Length: 46
    Date of creation: 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa01/17

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    Keywords: economic transition; social indicators; social monitoring; social planning;

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    1. Hennighausen, Tanja, 2012. "Exposure to television and individual beliefs: Evidence from a natural experiment," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-078, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Pfarr, Christian, 2012. "Meltzer-Richard and social mobility hypothesis: revisiting the income-redistribution nexus using German choice data," MPRA Paper 43325, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Pfarr, Christian & Ulrich, Volker, 2011. "Discrete-Choice-Experimente zur Ermittlung der Präferenzen für Umverteilung
      [Discrete-Choice-Experiments to elicit individuals' preferences for redistribution]
      ," MPRA Paper 31707, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Tiiu Paas, 2003. "Social Consequences of Transition and European Integration Processes in the Baltic States," ERSA conference papers ersa03p382, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Gruen, Carola & Klasen, Stephan, 2012. "Has transition improved well-being?," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 11-30.
    6. Pfarr, Christian & Schmid, Andreas & Ulrich, Volker, 2013. "You can't always get what you want - East and West Germans' attitudes and preferences regarding the welfare state," MPRA Paper 47240, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Lübker, Malte, 2005. "Globalization and perceptions of social inequality," ILO Working Papers 376167, International Labour Organization.

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