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Attitudes to Inequality after Ten Years of Transition

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  • Gerry Redmond
  • Sylke Schnepf
  • Marc Suhrcke

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This paper compares people’s attitudes to inequality at the end of the 1990s the qualities they perceive are needed to get ahead, the role of government and rewards for employment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Western countries. Data (from the 1999 International Social Survey Programme) suggest that overall, people in CEE express substantially more ‘egalitarian’ attitudes than those in the West, even after 10 years of economic adjustment to the market economy. The research produces important messages for policymakers, underlining the degree of support for public action concerning redistribution and warning them of the extent to which inequalities are felt in society, especially those that are perceived to be generated by ‘unfair’ means.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa02/21.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa02/21

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Keywords: adjustment policies; economic development; economic planning; economic transition; social inequality;

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Cited by:
  1. Ekaterina Selezneva, 2010. "Surveying transitional experience and subjective well-being : Income, work, family," Working Papers 279, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).
  2. Suhrcke, Marc, 2001. "Preferences for inequality : East vs. West," HWWA Discussion Papers 150, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
  3. John Micklewright, 2003. "Child Poverty in English-Speaking Countries," Innocenti Working Papers inwopa03/25, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, revised 2003.
  4. Lübker, Malte, 2005. "Globalization and perceptions of social inequality," ILO Working Papers 376167, International Labour Organization.

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