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Yours, mine & ours - The role of gender and (equivalence) income in preferences for redistribution and public spending

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  • Tina Haußen

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration)

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Using survey data from the International Social Survey Program, we investigate how individual preferences for redistribution and public spending are affected by gender, income and expected future living standard. Applying the concept of the equivalence income, we find that some respondents obtain a higher living standard when living in a multiperson household - due to sharing income within the household - compared to the living standard they could obtain when living as a single. Our results suggest that these individuals may precautionary favor an increase in redistribution and public spending as to insure themselves against the ever present risk of future downward mobility e.g. in case of separation, divorce or widowhood. As on average women obtain a lower income than men, this situation is more likely to apply to women. In that sense our analysis may represent a further step towards understanding the gender gap in preferences for redistributive spending.

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  • Tina Haußen, 2014. "Yours, mine & ours - The role of gender and (equivalence) income in preferences for redistribution and public spending," Jena Economic Research Papers 2014-033, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
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    Keywords

    gender preference gap; public spending; governmental redistribution;
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    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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