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Preferences for redistribution : a country comparison of fairness judgements

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Isaksson, Ann-Sofie; Lindskog, Annika

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Abstract This paper seeks to explain within- and between-country variation in redistributive preferences in terms of self-interest concerns and an input-based concept of fairness, which we examine by looking at the effects of beliefs regarding the causes of income differences. Results of estimations based on data for 25 countries indicate that both factors are indeed important determinants of redistribution support, in line with hypothesised patterns. We find that while differences in beliefs on what causes income differences seem to be important for explaining within-country variation in redistributive preferences, they do little to explain between-country differences. Differences in the effects of holding certain beliefs, however, are important for explaining between-country variation in redistributive preferences, suggesting considerable heterogeneity across societies in what is considered as fair.
Keywords fairness
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Economics
Free Keywords Redistribution preferences
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 884-902
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72 (2009) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2009.08.006
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)