The Emerging Aversion to Inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992-2005

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Irena Grosfeld

Paris School of Economics

Claudia Senik

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

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Abstract

This paper provides an illustration of the changing tolerance for inequality in a context of radical political and economic transformation and rapid economic growth. We focus on the Polish experience of transition and explore self-declared attitudes of the citizens. Using monthly representative surveys of the population, realized by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relation between income inequality and subjective evaluation of well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with the increasing distrust of political elites.

Keywords: inequality, subjective satisfaction, breakpoint, transition

JEL Classification: C25, D31, I30, P20, P26

Suggested Citation

Grosfeld, Irena and Senik, Claudia, The Emerging Aversion to Inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992-2005. IZA Working Paper No. 3484, William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 919, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Claudia Senik

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Paris, 75014 75014
France

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