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Title:Are people inequality averse, and do they prefer redistribution by the state? : A revised version PDF Logo
Authors:Schwarze, Johannes
Härpfer, Marco
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 974
Abstract:We link life-satisfaction data to inequality of the pre- and post-government income distribution at the regional level, to estimate the degree of inequality aversion. Three different inequality measures are used. In addition, we investigate whether a reduction in inequality by the state increases individual well-being. We find only weak evidence that Germans are inequality averse. Inequality reduction by the state does not increase wellbeing. On the contrary, inequality reduction imposes an excess burden on middle-income earners. The paper uses data from the German Socio-economic Panel Study (GSOEP) from 1985 to 1998.
Subjects:inequality aversion
redistribution
life satisfaction
panel data
JEL:I31
D63
D31
C23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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