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Do we value mobility?

Amiel, Yoram and Bernasconi, Michele and Cowell, Frank and Dardanoni, Valentino (2015) Do we value mobility? Social Choice and Welfare, 44 (2). pp. 231-255. ISSN 0176-1714

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00355-014-0839-2

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 find 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: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/economic+theory/...
Additional Information: © 2014 Springer, Part of Springer Science+Business Media
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
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: 08 Sep 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 15:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59415

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