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Social norms on rent seeking and preferences for redistribution

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  • Fabio Sabatini

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    (University of Rome - La Sapienza)

  • Francesco Sarracino

    ()

    (Institut national de la statistique et des etudes economiques du Grand-Duche du Luxembourg (STATEC))

  • Eiji Yamamura

    ()

    (Seinan Gakuin University)

Empirical studies have shown that preferences for redistribution are sig- nificantly correlated with expectations of future mobility and the belief that society offers equal opportunities. We add to previous research by inves- tigating the role of individual and social norms on rent seeking. We find that the individual propensity for stigmatizing rent seeking significantly and positively affects preferences for redistribution. On the other hand, living in an area where most citizens do not stigmatize rent seeking, makes men more favourable to redistribution, which may be seen as a social equalizer in an unfair society that does not offer equal opportunities to all. This effect does not hold for women, whose preference for redistribution is negatively associated to the regional tolerance of rent seeking.

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