Evidence from Subjective Datathe Emerging Aversion to Inequality

26 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2009

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Irena Grosfeld

Paris School of Economics

Claudia Senik

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of the changing attitudes to inequality during transition to the market in Poland. Using repeated cross-sections of the population, it identifies a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and satisfaction. Whereas in the first stage of the transition process, an increase in income inequality was interpreted by the population as a positive signal of wider opportunities, later in the transition period increased inequality became a factor in dissatisfaction with the country’s economic situation. This was accompanied by increasing public sentiment that the process of income distribution is flawed and corrupt.

Suggested Citation

Grosfeld, Irena and Senik, Claudia, Evidence from Subjective Datathe Emerging Aversion to Inequality. Economics of Transition, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 1-26, January 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0351.2009.00376.x

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Claudia Senik

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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Paris, 75014 75014
France

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