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The emerging aversion to inequality

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  • Irena Grosfeld
  • Claudia Senik

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This paper provides evidence of the changing attitudes to inequality during transition to the market in Poland. Using repeated cross‐sections of the population, it identifies a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and satisfaction. Whereas in the first stage of the transition process, an increase in income inequality was interpreted by the population as a positive signal of wider opportunities, later in the transition period increased inequality became a factor in dissatisfaction with the country’s economic situation. This was accompanied by increasing public sentiment that the process of income distribution is flawed and corrupt.

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  • Irena Grosfeld & Claudia Senik, 2010. "The emerging aversion to inequality," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 18(1), pages 1-26, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:18:y:2010:i:1:p:1-26
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2009.00376.x
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