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Do we value mobility?

Amiel, Yoram and Bernasconi, Michele and Cowell, Frank A. and Dardanoni, Valentino (2013) Do we value mobility? Public Economics Programme Papers, PEP 17. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Identification Number: PEP 17

Abstract

Is there a trade-off between people's preference for income equality and income mobility? Testing for the existence of such a trade-off is difficult because mobility is a multifaceted concept. We analyse results from a questionnaire experiment based on simple precise concepts of income inequality and income mobility. We fnd no direct trade-off in preference between mobility and equality, but an indirect trade-off, applying when more income mobility can only be obtained at the expense of some income inequality. Mobility preference - but not equality preference - appears to be driven by personal experience of mobility.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 14:56
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58061

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