Quotation Höchtl, W., Sausgruber, Rupert, Tyran, J.-R. 2012. Inequality Aversion and Voting on Redistribution. European Economic Review (56), 1406-1421.




Some people have a concern for a fair distribution of incomes while others do not. Does such a concern matter for majority voting on redistribution? Fairness preferences are relevant for redistribution outcomes only if fair-minded voters are pivotal. Pivotality, in turn, depends on the structure of income classes. We experimentally study voting on redistribution between two income classes and show that the effect of inequality aversion is asymmetric. Inequality aversion is more likely to matter if the “rich” are in majority. With a “poor” majority, we find that redistribution outcomes look as if all voters were exclusively motivated by self-interest.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Economic Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-A, WH-B
Language English
Title Inequality Aversion and Voting on Redistribution
Number 56
Year 2012
Page from 1406
Page to 1421
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014292112000979
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2012.07.004


Sausgruber, Rupert (Details)
Höchtl, W.
Tyran, J.-R.
Department of Economics (Sausgruber) (Details)
Department of Economics DP (Details)
Research Institute for International Taxation FI (Details)
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