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Identity and redistribution
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2013 (English)In: Public Choice, ISSN 0048-5829, E-ISSN 1573-7101, Vol. 155, no 3-4, 469-491 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper models the interaction between individuals' identity choices and redistribution. Both redistributive policies and identity choices are endogenous, and there might be multiple equilibria. The model is applied to ethnicity and social class. In an equilibrium with high taxes, the poor identify as poor and favor high taxes. In an equilibrium with low taxes, at least some of the poor identify with their ethnic group and favor low taxes. The model predicts that redistribution is highest when society is ethnically homogeneous, but the effect of ethnic diversity on redistribution is not necessarily monotonic.

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2013. Vol. 155, no 3-4, 469-491 p.
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Redistribution, Social identity, Income inequality, Ethnic fractionalization, Ethnic diversity, Social class
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90769DOI: 10.1007/s11127-011-9877-9ISI: 000318515700015OAI: diva2:628742


Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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