Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35292
Authors: 
Grosfeld, Irena
Senik, Claudia
Year of Publication: 
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
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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