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Intergenerational Mobility and Support for Redistribution

Author: Alberto Alesina; Stefanie Stantcheva; Edoardo Teso; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. National Bureau of Economic Research 2017.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. w23027.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using new cross-country survey and experimental data, we investigate how beliefs about intergenerational mobility affect preferences for redistribution in France, Italy, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. Americans are more optimistic than Europeans about social mobility. Our randomized treatment shows pessimistic information about mobility and increases support for redistribution, mostly for "equality of opportunity"  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alberto Alesina; Stefanie Stantcheva; Edoardo Teso; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 1008870882
Notes: January 2017.
Description: 1 online resource
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. w23027.
Responsibility: Alberto Alesina, Stefanie Stantcheva, Edoardo Teso.

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Using new cross-country survey and experimental data, we investigate how beliefs about intergenerational mobility affect preferences for redistribution in France, Italy, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. Americans are more optimistic than Europeans about social mobility. Our randomized treatment shows pessimistic information about mobility and increases support for redistribution, mostly for "equality of opportunity" policies. We find a strong political polarization. Left-wing respondents are more pessimistic about mobility, their preferences for redistribution are correlated with their mobility perceptions, and they support more redistribution after seeing pessimistic information. None of these apply to right-wing respondents, possibly because they see the government as a "problem" and not as the "solution."

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