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

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  • Irena Grosfeld

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  • Claudia Senik

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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 experience of transition and explore self-declared attitudes of the citizens. Using monthly representative surveys of the population, realized by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relation between income inequality and subjective evaluation of well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with the increasing distrust of political elites.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp919.

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Keywords: inequality; subjective satisfaction; breakpoint; transition.;

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  1. Senik, Claudia, 2009. "Direct evidence on income comparisons and their welfare effects," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 408-424, October.
  2. Pauline Grosjean & Frantisek Ricka & Claudia Senik, 2011. "Learning, political attitudes and the crisis in transition countries," Working Papers, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist 140, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist.

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