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Aspirations of the middle class: voting on redistribution and status concerns

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Konrad, Kai A.; Morath, Florian

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract This paper analyzes the role of narrowly selfish and other-regarding preferences for the median voter in a Meltzer-Richard (1981) framework. We use computerized and real human co-players to distinguish between these sets of motivations. Redistribution to real co-players has a negative effect on the median voter's tax rate choice. Further, perceived income mobility decreases the desired amount of redistribution. Our results suggest the importance of concerns about own mobility as well as status concerns of the median voter who tends to keep distance to the low-income group, whereas inequity aversion does not play a role in the political economy context. (author's abstract)
Keywords redistribution; experiment; mobility; income; political economy; inequality
Classification Income Policy, Property Policy, Wage Policy; Economic Policy
Free Keywords Medianwahl
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Berlin
Page/Pages 34 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Schwerpunkt Märkte und Politik, Forschungsprofessur und Projekt The Future of Fiscal Federalism, SP II 2011-102
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications