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Are People Inequality Averse, and Do They Prefer Redistribution by the State? : Evidence from German Longitudinal Data on Life Satisfaction

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We link life-satisfaction data to inequality of the pre- and post-government income distribution at the regional level, to estimate the degree of inequality aversion. Three different inequality measures are used. In addition, we investigate whether a reduction in inequality by the state increases individual well-being. We find only weak evidence that Germans are inequality averse. Inequality reduction by the state does not increase wellbeing. On the contrary, inequality reduction imposes an excess burden on middle-income earners. The paper uses data from the German Socio-economic Panel Study (GSOEP) from 1985 to 1998.

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Johannes Schwarze, Marco Härpfer

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18103

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