Redistributive Preferences, Redistribution, and Inequality: Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries

37 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012

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Andreas Kuhn

University of Zurich; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: July 1, 2012

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.

Keywords: Inequality perceptions, distributional norms, redistributive preferences, inequality, redistribution, political preferences

JEL Classification: D31, D63, J31

Suggested Citation

Kuhn, Andreas, Redistributive Preferences, Redistribution, and Inequality: Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries (July 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2103664

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