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How elastic are preferences for redistribution? Evidence from randomized survey experiments

Author(s): Kuziemko, Ilyana; Norton, MI; Saez, E; Stantcheva, S

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Abstract: We analyze randomized online survey experiments providing interactive, customized information on US income inequality, the link between top income tax rates and economic growth, and the estate tax. The treatment has large effects on views about inequality but only slightly moves tax and transfer policy preferences. An exception is the estate tax-informing respondents of the small share of decedents who pay it doubles support for it. The small effects for all other policies can be partially explained by respondents' low trust in government and a disconnect between concerns about social issues and the public policies meant to address them.
Publication Date: Apr-2015
Citation: Kuziemko, I, Norton, MI, Saez, E, Stantcheva, S. (2015). How elastic are preferences for redistribution? Evidence from randomized survey experiments. American Economic Review, 105 (4), 1478 - 1508. doi:10.1257/aer.20130360
DOI: doi:10.1257/aer.20130360
ISSN: 0002-8282
Pages: 1478 - 1508
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: American Economic Review
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.



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