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Preferences for redistribution - a cross-country study in fairness

  • Isaksson, Ann-Sofie

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Lindskog, Annika

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

This paper seeks to explain within as well as between country variation in preferences for redistribution in terms of self interest concerns, and an input based concept of fairness captured by the effects of beliefs about the causes of income differences. Results of estimations based on data for the US, Sweden, Germany and Hungary indicate that both of these factors are important determinants of general redistribution support, in line with hypothesised patterns. Furthermore it is found that not only do beliefs about causes of income differ widely between countries, but also the effects of these beliefs, suggesting considerable heterogeneity across societies in what is considered as fair.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 258.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0258
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