Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102617
Authors: 
Durante, Ruben
Putterman, Louis
van der Weele, Joël
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2013-7
Abstract: 
We conduct a laboratory experiment to study how demand for redistribution of income depends on self-interest, insurance motives, and social concerns relating to inequality and efficiency. Our choice environments feature large groups of subjects and real world framing, and differ with respect to the source of inequality (earned or arbitrary), the cost of taxation to the decision maker, the dead-weight loss of taxation, uncertainty about own pre-tax income, and whether the decisionmaker is affected by redistribution. We estimate utility weights for the different sources of demand for redistribution, with the potential to inform modeling in macroeconomics and political economy.
Subjects: 
income distribution
political economy
redistribution
social preferences
JEL: 
D31
P16
H24
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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