Individual determinants of social fairness assessments : the case of Germany


Bischoff, Ivo ; Heinemann, Friedrich ; Hennighausen, Tanja


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2095
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-20958
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D63 C42 A13 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Soziale Gerechtigkeit , Wert , Meinung , Demokratie
Keywords (English): fairness preferences , economic beliefs , ALLBUS
Abstract: In this contribution we study the determinants of how individuals assess the social fairness of a given income distribution. We propose an analytical framework distinguishing between potential impact factors related to the following fields: first fairness preferences, second beliefs on the sources of economic success and the functioning of democracy and third selfinterest. We test this framework on representative survey data for Germany for the years 1991, 2000 and 2004. Our results indicate that self-interest, beliefs and fairness preferences jointly shape fairness assessments. In addition, a number of personal characteristics are found to be important: Compared to their western fellow citizens, people born in GDR have a more critical view at social fairness. A particularly strong impact is related to the belief on the functioning of the democratic system. This points an important role of procedural fairness for the acceptance of a given distribution.
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