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Preferences for redistribution- A country comparison of fairness judgements

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  • Ann-Sofie Isaksson
  • Annika Lindskog

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This paper seeks to explain within- and between-country variation in redistributive preferences in terms of self-interest concerns and an input-based concept of fairness, which we examine by looking at the effects of beliefs regarding the causes of income differences. Results of estimations based on data for 25 countries indicate that both factors are indeed important determinants of redistribution support, in line with hypothesised patterns. We find that while differences in beliefs on what causes income differences seem to be important for explaining within-country variation in redistributive preferences, they do little to explain between-country differences. Differences in the of holding certain beliefs, however, are important for explaining between-country variation in redistributive preferences, suggesting considerable heterogeneity across societies in what is considered as fair.

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  • Ann-Sofie Isaksson & Annika Lindskog, 2009. "Preferences for redistribution- A country comparison of fairness judgements," Post-Print hal-00724184, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00724184
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.08.006
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    Keywords

    D63; D31; D01; Redistribution preferences; fairness;
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    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles

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