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Four Critiques of the Redistribution Hypothesis: An Assessment

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The reformulation of the median voter hypothesis and its testing proposed in Milanovic (2000) has been criticized from four different perspectives. The critiques are discussed and assessed.

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  • Branko Milanovic, 2010. "Four Critiques of the Redistribution Hypothesis: An Assessment," LIS Working papers 530, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
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    1. Fabio Padovano & Francesco Scervini & Gilberto Turati, 2016. "How do Governments Fare about Redistribution? New Evidence on the Political Economy of Redistribution," CESifo Working Paper Series 6137, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Francesco Scervini, 2012. "Empirics of the median voter: democracy, redistribution and the role of the middle class," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 10(4), pages 529-550, December.
    3. Javier Olivera, 2015. "Preferences for redistribution in Europe," IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-18, December.
    4. István György Tóth & Keller, T., 2011. "GINI DP 7: Income Distributions, Inequality Perceptions and Redistributive Claims in European Societies," GINI Discussion Papers 7, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
    5. Markussen, Thomas, 2011. "Democracy, redistributive taxation and the private provision of public goods," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 201-213, March.
    6. Corneo, Giacomo & Neher, Frank, 2015. "Democratic redistribution and rule of the majority," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 40(PA), pages 96-109.
    7. Peter Lambert & Thor Thoresen & Runa Nesbakken, 2010. "On the Meaning and Measurement of Redistribution in Cross-Country Comparisons," LIS Working papers 532, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    8. Philip Keefer & Branko Milanovic, 2014. "Party Age and Party Color: New Results on the Political Economy of Redistribution and Inequality," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 6745, Inter-American Development Bank.
    9. Tina Haussen, 2018. "Intra-Household Income Inequality and Preferences for Redistribution," Jena Economic Research Papers 2018-004, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
    10. Markus Jäntti & Jukka Pirttilä & Risto Rönkkö, 2016. "Redistribution around the world Causes and consequences," WIDER Working Paper Series 133, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    11. Martínez-Mora, Francisco & Puy, M. Socorro, 2014. "The determinants and electoral consequences of asymmetric preferences," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 85-97.
    12. Peter J. Lambert & Runa Nesbakken & Thor O. Thoresen, 2015. "A common base answer to "Which country is most redistributive?"," Discussion Papers 811, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
    13. Fabio Padovano & Gilberto Turati, 2012. "Redistribution through a "Leaky Bucket". What explains the Leakages?," Economics Working Paper from Condorcet Center for political Economy at CREM-CNRS 2012-03-ccr, Condorcet Center for political Economy.

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    Keywords

    Median voter; Income distribution; Redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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