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How Elastic Are Preferences for Redistribution? Evidence from Randomized Survey Experiments

Ilyana Kuziemko, Michael I. Norton, Emmanuel Saez () and Stefanie Stantcheva

American Economic Review, 2015, vol. 105, issue 4, 1478-1508

Abstract: We analyze randomized online survey experiments providing interactive, customized information on US income inequality, the link between top income tax rates and economic growth, and the estate tax. The treatment has large effects on views about inequality but only slightly moves tax and transfer policy preferences. An exception is the estate tax—informing respondents of the small share of decedents who pay it doubles support for it. The small effects for all other policies can be partially explained by respondents' low trust in government and a disconnect between concerns about social issues and the public policies meant to address them. (JEL D31, D72, H23, H24)

JEL-codes: D31 D72 H23 H24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20130360
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