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Title:Leaky bucket in the real world: estimating inequality aversion using survey data PDF Logo
Authors:Pirttilä, Jukka
Uusitalo, Roope
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2026
Abstract:Existing evidence of inequality aversion relies on data from class-room experiments where subjects face hypothetical questions. This paper estimates the magnitude of inequality aversion using representative survey data, with questions related to the real-economy situations the respondents face. The results reveal that the magnitude of inequality aversion can be measured in a meaningful way using survey data, but the estimates depend dramatically on the framing of the question. No matter how measured, the revealed inequality aversion predicts opinions on a wide range of questions related to the welfare state, such as the level of taxation, tax progressivity and the structure of unemployment benefits.
JEL:D31
D63
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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