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Title:Inequality perceptions, distributional norms, and redistributive preferences in East and West Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Kuhn, Andreas
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5573
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.
Subjects:subjective inequality indices
redistributive preferences
political preferences
JEL:D31
D63
H50
J31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201104133956
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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