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The emerging aversion to inequality - Evidence from subjective data

  • Grosfeld, Irena
  • Senik, Claudia

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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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 1006.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:1006
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  1. Carola Gruen & Stephan Klasen, 2008. "Growth, inequality, and welfare: comparisons across space and time," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 60(2), pages 212-236, April.
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