Subjective beliefs about the income distribution and preferences for redistribution

Social Choice and Welfare, Volume 47, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 25-61.

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Income Inequality Income Distribution Gini Coefficient Social Mobility Average Income

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We investigate whether beliefs about the income distribution are associated with political positions for or against redistribution. Using a novel elicitation method, we assess individuals’ beliefs about the shape of the income distribution in the United States. We find that respondents’ beliefs approximate the actual distribution on avera...More

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