Redistributive choices and increasing income inequality: experimental evidence for income as a signal of deservingness
Laura K. Gee,
Marco Migueis and
Additional contact information
Laura K. Gee: Tufts University
Sahar Parsa: Tufts University
Experimental Economics, 2017, vol. 20, issue 4, 894-923
Abstract We explore the relation between redistribution choices, source of income, and pre-redistribution inequality. Previous studies find that when income is earned through work there is less support for redistribution than when income is determined by luck. Using a lab experiment, we vary both the income-generating process (luck vs. performance) and the level of inequality (low vs. high). We find that an increase in inequality has less impact on redistribution choices when income is earned through performance than when income results from luck. This result is likely explained by individuals using income differences as a heuristic to infer relative deservingness. If people believe income inequality increases as a result of performance rather than luck, then they are likely to believe the poor deserve to stay poor and the rich deserve to stay rich.
Keywords: Income redistribution; Fairness; Experimental economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10683-017-9516-5 Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kap:expeco:v:20:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s10683-017-9516-5
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... ry/journal/10683/PS2
Access Statistics for this article
Experimental Economics is currently edited by David J. Cooper, Lata Gangadharan and Charles N. Noussair
More articles in Experimental Economics from Springer, Economic Science Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().