The emerging aversion to inequality

  • Grosfeld I
  • Senik C
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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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  • Breakpoint
  • Growth
  • Inequality
  • Subjective well-being
  • Transition

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Authors

  • Irena Grosfeld

  • Claudia Senik

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