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Title:The emerging aversion to inequality: evidence from Poland 1992 - 2005 PDF Logo
Authors:Grosfeld, Irena
Senik, Claudia
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3484
Abstract:This paper provides an illustration of the changing tolerance for inequality in a context of radical political and economic transformation and rapid economic growth. We focus on the Polish transition experience, and explore individuals' self-reported attitudes. Using unusually long and frequent (monthly) representative surveys of the population, carried out by the Polish poll institute (CBOS) from 1992 to 2005, we identify a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being. The downturn in the tolerance for inequality (1997) coincides with increasing distrust of political elites.
Subjects:Inequality
subjective satisfaction
breakpoint
transition
JEL:C25
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008052744
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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