Trust in government and support for redistribution
Joana Silva (),
Matteo Morgandi and
No 7675, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank
In many countries safety nets consist predominantly of universal subsidies on food and fuel. A key question for policy makers willing to shift to targeted safety nets is under what conditions middle-class citizens would be supportive of redistributive programs. Results from a behavioral experiment based on a nationally representative sample in Jordan reveal that increasing transparency in benefit delivery makes middle-class citizens (particularly among the youth and low-trust individuals) more willing to forgo their own welfare to benefit the poor. Moreover, increasing transparency enhances the relative support for cash-based safety nets, which have greater impact on poverty compared with in-kind transfers, but may be perceived as more prone to elite capture.
Keywords: Gender and Social Development; Services&Transfers to Poor; Access of Poor to Social Services; Inequality; Disability; Social Protections&Assistance; Economic Assistance; Anthropology; Safety Nets and Transfers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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