What Makes Me See Inequality as Just?

Bischoff, Ivo ; Heinemann, Friedrich ; Hennighausen, Tanja

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.133.1.1
URL: http://ejournals.duncker-humblot.de/doi/abs/10.379...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Schmollers Jahrbuch
Volume: 133
Issue number: 1
Page range: 1-21
Place of publication: Berlin
Publishing house: Duncker & Humblot
ISSN: 1439-121X , 1865-5742
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Economists should be interested in understanding the factors behind the fairness assessment of inequality since this codetermines individuals' willingness to cooperate and to exert positive reciprocity as a tax payer and citizen. So far, this topic has been largely neglected in the economic literature. This contribution wants to shed light on the factors behind the individual assessment of inequality: Why do some individuals consider the inequality in their country as just while others do not? Our empirical analysis based on survey data for Germany shows that very different forces shape the individual fairness assessment: distributive preferences, beliefs on the sources of inequality, satisfaction with democracy and several socio-economic characteristics. Given that the welfare and tax state depends on the voluntary cooperation of citizens, our insights are relevant for many political and economic contexts, such as tax compliance or welfare benefit cheating.

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