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Economic Development and Preferences for Redistribution

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This study empirically analyzes whether people's preferences for redistribution change as their countries develop. The results show that after controlling for income inequality, political orientation, and demographic and institutional factors, among others, people in more developed countries are more in favor of redistribution. This implies that concern for, or a social norm of caring about, the poor grows as a country becomes richer.

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  • Hideaki Goto, 2016. "Economic Development and Preferences for Redistribution," Working Papers EMS_2016_10, Research Institute, International University of Japan.
  • Handle: RePEc:iuj:wpaper:ems_2016_10
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    Keywords

    Redistribution; GDP per capita; Social preferences; Social norms;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General

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