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Handbook of Income Distribution by Francois Bourguignon, Anthony B. Atkinson

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Chapter 13

Attitudes to Income Inequality

Experimental and Survey Evidence

Andrew E. Clark*; Conchita D'Ambrosio    * Paris School of Economics—CNRS, Paris, France INSIDE, Université du Luxembourg, Walferdange, Luxembourg

Abstract

We review the survey and experimental findings in the literature on attitudes to income inequality. We interpret the latter as any disparity in incomes between individuals. We classify these findings into two broad types of individual attitudes toward the income distribution in a society: the normative and the comparative view. The first can be thought of as the individual's disinterested evaluation of income inequality; on the contrary, the second view reflects self-interest, as individuals’ inequality attitudes ...

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