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Preferences for Redistribution around the World

Frank Neher
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Frank Neher: Freie Universitat Berlin, Postal: Berlin - Germany

No 26/2012, Working Papers from Universidade Portucalense, Centro de Investigação em Gestão e Economia (CIGE)

Abstract: The present paper integrates the empirical research on preference for redistribution. We analyze the influence of individual and socio-economic characteristics, beliefs, social identity and social class on individual preferences for redistribution. Macroeconomic conditions and the relative size of the welfare state are accounted for. After assessing these determinants individually, they are considered jointly in order to assess their substitutive or complementary relation. The analysis is first restricted to OECD countries and in a second step extended to a large group of non-OECD countries. We find that that gender, income, education, social class and beliefs in self-determination and a fair world have significant effects on preferences for redistribution.

Keywords: preferences for redistribution; beliefs; social identity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D60 H23 I30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2012-06-12
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