The emerging aversion to inequality

Abstract : This paper provides evidence of the changing attitudes to inequality during transition to the market in Poland. Using repeated cross-sections of the population, it identifies a structural break in the relationship between income inequality and satisfaction. Whereas in the first stage of the transition process, an increase in income inequality was interpreted by the population as a positive signal of wider opportunities, later in the transition period increased inequality became a factor in dissatisfaction with the country's economic situation. This was accompanied by increasing public sentiment that the process of income distribution is flawed and corrupt.
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Irena Grosfeld, Claudia Senik. The emerging aversion to inequality. Economics of Transition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 18 (1), pp.1-26. ⟨10.1111/j.1468-0351.2009.00376.x⟩. ⟨halshs-00754486⟩

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