Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/76213
Authors: 
Neustadt, Ilja
Zweifel, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich 0909
Abstract: 
In this paper, preferences for income redistribution in Switzerland are elicited through a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) performed in 2008. In addition to the amount of redistribution as a share of GDP, attributes also included its uses (working poor, the unemployed, old-age pensioners, families with children, people in ill health) and nationality of beneficiary (Swiss, Western European, others). Willingness to pay for redistribution increases with income and education, contradicting the conventional Meltzer-Richard (1981) model. The Prospect of Upward Mobility hypothesis [Hirschman and Rothschild (1973); Benabou and Ok (2001)] receives partial empirical support.
Subjects: 
income redistribution
preferences
willingness to pay
discrete choice experiments
stated choice
economic well-being
social mobility
JEL: 
C35
C93
D63
H29
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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