2017

Richer (and Holier) Than Thou? The Effect of Relative Income Improvements on Demand for Redistribution

Särtryck nr 2017:20

Författare: Mounir Karadja, Johanna Möllerström och David SeimÅr: 2017 Publikation: Review of Economics and Statistics Årgång (nr): 99 (2) Sidor: 201–212
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We use a tailor-made survey on a Swedish sample to investigate how individuals' relative income affects their demand for redistribution. We first document that a majority misperceive their position in the income distribution and believe that they are poorer, relative to others, than they actually are. We then inform a subsample about their true relative income and find that individuals who are richer than they initially thought demand less redistribution. This result is driven by individuals with prior right-of-center political preferences who view taxes as distortive and believe that effort, rather than luck, drives individual economic success.


Referens:
Karadja, Mounir, Johanna Möllerström och David Seim (2017), "Richer (and Holier) Than Thou? The Effect of Relative Income Improvements on Demand for Redistribution". Review of Economics and Statistics 99(2), 201–212.

Daniel Waldenström

Ämnesområde: arv och gåvor, finansiell utveckling, inkomst och förmögenhetsfördelning samt skatter.

En av de frågor Daniel Waldenström försöker besvara i sin forskning:

  • Hur stor är den ekonomiska ojämlikheten i Sverige och vilka faktorer bestämmer den?

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