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The evolution of ideology, fairness and redistribution.

Alesina, Alberto and Cozzi, Guido and Mantovan, Noemi (2009) 'The evolution of ideology, fairness and redistribution.', Working Paper. Durham University, Durham.


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Ideas about what is "fair" above and beyond the individuals' positionin the income ladder influence preferences for redistribution. We study the dynamic evolution of different economies in which redistributive policies, perception of fairness, inequality and growth are jointly determined. We show how including fairness explains various observed correlations between inequality, redistribution and growth. We also show how different beliefs about fairness can keep two otherwise identical countries in different development paths for a very long time.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords:JEL classifcation: D30 D91 E21.
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