Evaluating Real World Income Distributions behind the Veil of Ignorance - How Risk Averse do you have to be to Prefer Europe over the US?
The paper uses a veil of ignorance approach and income distribution data of developed countries to arrive at inequality corrected income rankings. While a risk neutral individual (based on year 2000 data) would have preferred to be born into the US rather than any European country in our sample except Luxembourg, a coefficient of relative risk aversion of 2 suffices to make several European countries look preferable. The paper also sheds light on the risk corrected average income on a gender basis and scans for times of diminished expectations, i.e. periods where the expected utility of being born into a country has reduced over time.
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