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Preferences for Redistribution : Normative Rationality, Self-Interest and Social Identification

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  • Christine Le Clainche
  • Jérôme Wittwer

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This article studies the formation of preferences regarding redistribution. Its aim is to demonstrate how preferences for redistribution are influenced by individual beliefs on the origins of social inequality and public values. The first section shows, through a microeconomic model, how preferences on redistribution can be understood as the outcome of “normative rationality” depended on beliefs concerning individual responsibility in the creation of inequality. This model is then confronted with empirical field data demonstrating the link between individuals’ normative beliefs and judgments and their preferences for redistribution.[...]

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  • Christine Le Clainche & Jérôme Wittwer, 2012. "Preferences for Redistribution : Normative Rationality, Self-Interest and Social Identification," Working Papers 12-26, LAMETA, Universitiy of Montpellier, revised Sep 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:lam:wpaper:12-26
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