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Project Citation: 

Hoy, Christopher, and Mager, Franziska. Data and Code for: “Why Are Relatively Poor People Not More Supportive of Redistribution? Evidence from a Randomized Survey Experiment Across 10 Countries.” Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-10-25.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We test a key assumption underlying seminal theories about preferences for redistribution, which is that relatively poor people should be the most in favor of redistribution. We conduct a randomized survey experiment with over 30,000 participants across 10 countries, half of whom are informed of their position in the national income distribution. Contrary to prevailing wisdom, people who are told they are relatively poorer than they thought are less concerned about inequality and are not more supportive of redistribution. This finding is consistent with people using their own living standard as a "benchmark" for what they consider acceptable for others.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Inequality; Redistribution; Political Economy
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      D31 Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
      D63 Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
      D72 Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
      D83 Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
      P16 Capitalist Systems: Political Economy
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Netherlands, Morocco, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, India, Spain
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 10/15/2017 – 12/31/2017; 7/15/2018 – 8/15/2018
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 10/15/2017 – 12/31/2017; 7/15/2018 – 8/15/2018
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) experimental data; survey data


Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individual

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