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Inequality and the State: Comparing U.S. and German Preferences

  • Giacomo Corneo

Survey data from the United States, West Germany and East Germany are analyzed to compare individual attitudes towards political redistribution in each country. In West Germany the “homo oeconomicus effect“, the “social rivalry effect“ and the “public values effect“ simultaneously retain an independent explanatory power of individual attitudes. In the United States the third effect disappears. In East Germany both the second and the third effect disappear.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 398.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_398
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