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La montée de l'aversion à l'inégalité. Du temps des anticipations au temps de la déception


  • Irena Grosfeld
  • Claudia Senik


This paper illustrates the emergence of inequality aversion in a transition country. Using a series of Polish cross-section surveys, we identify a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being. Inequality, initially perceived as a positive signal of increased opportunities, starts to undermine satisfaction after a couple of years, when individuals become skeptical about the legitimacy of the enrichment of reform winners. Satisfaction then stops following the ascension of national income. Classification JEL : C25, D31, D63, I30, P20, P26.

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  • Irena Grosfeld & Claudia Senik, 2009. "La montée de l'aversion à l'inégalité. Du temps des anticipations au temps de la déception," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 60(3), pages 749-758.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_603_0749

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    1. Patrick Bajari & C. Lanier Benkard & Jonathan Levin, 2007. "Estimating Dynamic Models of Imperfect Competition," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 75(5), pages 1331-1370, September.
    2. Gasmi, F & Laffont, Jean-Jacques & Sharkey, W W, 1997. "Incentive Regulation and the Cost Structure of the Local Telephone Exchange Network," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 5-25, July.
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    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy


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