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Preferences for redistribution in the Netherlands

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  • Jan Kakes
  • Jasper de Winter

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We investigate the determinants of Dutch households' preferences for income redistribution, using survey data. Our results show that support for redistributive policies is related to self-interest, exposure to misfortune and risk-aversion. In addition, people who believe that prosperity is primarily due to luck rather than hard work tend to favour redistribution, indicating that equal opportunities are considered important. Interestingly, support for redistributive policies is positively related to education, while the impact of age is ambiguous. This is an important outcome, as it implies that globalisation and skill-biased technological progress may put less pressure on the Dutch social security system than previously assumed.

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  • Jan Kakes & Jasper de Winter, 2008. "Preferences for redistribution in the Netherlands," DNB Working Papers 179, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:179
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    1. Federica Teppa & Corrie Vis, 2012. "The CentERpanel and the DNB Household Survey: Methodological Aspects," DNB Occasional Studies 1004, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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    Keywords

    Redistribution; social security.;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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