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Do we value mobility?

Amiel, Yoram, Bernasconi, Michele, 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


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.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Springer, Part of Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 02:54

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