Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179415
Authors: 
Sabatini, Fabio
Ventura,Marco
Yamamura, Eiji
Zamparelli, Luca
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
EERI Research Paper Series 14/2017
Abstract: 
We illustrate how the desire to live in a fair society that rewards individual effort and hard work triggers an unselfish though rational demand for redistribution. This leads the well off to prefer higher taxes and the poor to reject extreme progressivity. We then provide evidence of these behaviors using a nationally representative survey from Italy. Our empirical analysis confirms that a stronger aversion to unfair distributive outcomes is associated with a higher support for redistribution by individuals with high income and to a lower demand for redistribution by those with low income.
Subjects: 
Fairness
income distribution
inequalities
taxation
welfare
redistribution
free-riding
civic capital
social capital
JEL: 
H10
H53
D63
D69
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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