Inequality Perceptions, Distributional Norms, and Redistributive Preferences in East and West Germany

25 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2011

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Andreas Kuhn

University of Zurich; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

This paper studies differences in inequality perceptions, distributional norms, and redistributive preferences between East and West Germany. As expected, there are substantial differences with respect to all three of these measures. Surprisingly, however, differences in distributional norms are much smaller than differences with respect to inequality perceptions or redistributive preferences. Nonetheless, individuals from East Germany tend to be more supportive of state redistribution and progressive taxation, and less likely to have a conservative political orientation, even conditional on having the same inequality perceptions and distributional norms.

Keywords: subjective inequality indices, redistributive preferences, political preferences

JEL Classification: D31, D63, H50, J31

Suggested Citation

Kuhn, Andreas, Inequality Perceptions, Distributional Norms, and Redistributive Preferences in East and West Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5573, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1790684

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