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Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral Resources and Preferences for Redistribution

Mathieu Coutenier () and Marc Sangnier
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Mathieu Coutenier: HEC-University of Lausanne, https://sites.google.com/site/coutteniermathieu/

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No 1503, AMSE Working Papers from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France

Abstract: This paper provides empirical evidence that mineral resources abundance is associated to preferences for redistribution in the United States. We show that individuals living in states with large mineral resources endowment are more opposed to redistribution than others. We take advantage of both the spatial and the temporal distributions of mineral resources discoveries since 1800 to uncover two mechanisms through which mineral resources can foster ones’ opposition to redistribution: either by transmission of values formed in the past, or by the exposure to mineral discoveries during individuals’ life-time. We show that both mechanisms matter to explain respondents’ preferences.

Keywords: Redistribution; Mineral Resources; Persistence. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 Q32 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2015-01
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