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The Emerging Aversion to Inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992-2005

  • Irena Grosfeld
  • Claudia Senik

This paper provides an illustration of the changing tolerance for inequality in a context of radical political and economic transformation and rapid economic growth. We focus on the Polish transition experience, and explore individuals' self-reported attitudes. Using unusually long and frequent (monthly) representative surveys of the population, carried out by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with increasing distrust of political elites.

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Length: 40 Pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:sec:cnstan:0360
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