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Perceptions of Inequality and Social Mobility

Raymundo Campos-Vazquez, Alice Krozer, Aurora Alejandra Ramírez-Álvarez, Rodolfo De la Torre and Roberto Velez Grajales

Working Papers from Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias

Abstract: Despite evidence of high inequality and low social mobility throughout the world, there has been only limited demand for change. Using new survey and experimental data, we investigate how perceptions about inequality and social mobility affect preferences for redistribution in Mexico. In addition to the perceived level of inequality typically measured in previous studies, we explore perceptions about who is rich and poor and their share of the population. The shape of perceived inequality that we find provides new insights as to why people tolerate large differences between the rich and the poor. We find that Mexicans generally perceive poverty and inequality not too far from measured levels, but they overestimate the income of the rich and their proportion of the population.

Pages: 54
Date: 2020
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