Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/249324
Authors: 
Bellani, Luna
Fazio, Andrea
Scervini, Francesco
Year of Publication: 
2022
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series No. 08
Publisher: 
University of Konstanz, Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality", Konstanz
Abstract: 
Using new data from a three-wave panel survey administered in Germany between May 2020 and May 2021, this paper studies the impact of a negative shock affecting every strata of the population, such as the development of COVID-19, on preferences for redistribution. Exploiting the plausibly exogenous change in severity of the infection rate at the county level, we show that, contrary to some theoretical expectations, the worse the crisis, the lower the support for redistribution of our respondents. We provide further suggestive evidence that this is not driven by a decrease in inequality aversion, but this might be the result of a decrease in trust in the institutions who are in charge of redistributive policies.
Subjects: 
preferences for redistribution
inequality aversion
COVID-19
JEL: 
D31
D63
D72
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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