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Redistributive preferences, redistribution, and inequality: Evidence from a panel of OECD countries


Kuhn, Andreas (2012). Redistributive preferences, redistribution, and inequality: Evidence from a panel of OECD countries. Working paper series / Department of Economics 84, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This paper describes individuals' inequality perceptions, distributional norms, and redistributive preferences in a panel of OECD countries, primarily focusing on the association between these subjective measures and the effective level of inequality and redistribution. Not surprisingly, the effective level of redistribution (after tax-and-transfer inequality) is positively (negatively) correlated with redistributive preferences. There is also evidence showing that the subjective and objective dimension of inequality and redistribution are, at least partially, linked with individuals' political preferences and their voting behavior. The association between objective and subjective measures of inequality and redistribution vanishes, however, once more fundamental country characteristics are taken into account. This suggests that these characteristics explain both redistributive preferences as well as the effective level of redistribution and after tax-and-transfer inequality.

Abstract

This paper describes individuals' inequality perceptions, distributional norms, and redistributive preferences in a panel of OECD countries, primarily focusing on the association between these subjective measures and the effective level of inequality and redistribution. Not surprisingly, the effective level of redistribution (after tax-and-transfer inequality) is positively (negatively) correlated with redistributive preferences. There is also evidence showing that the subjective and objective dimension of inequality and redistribution are, at least partially, linked with individuals' political preferences and their voting behavior. The association between objective and subjective measures of inequality and redistribution vanishes, however, once more fundamental country characteristics are taken into account. This suggests that these characteristics explain both redistributive preferences as well as the effective level of redistribution and after tax-and-transfer inequality.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D31, D63, J31
Uncontrolled Keywords:Inequality perceptions, distributional norms, redistributive preferences, inequality, redistribution, political preferences
Language:English
Date:July 2012
Deposited On:11 Jul 2012 13:06
Last Modified:13 Aug 2017 08:29
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:36
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp084.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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