EU Sources - Inequality survey - June 30, 2016

The Bertelsmann Foundation published a survey on perceptions of inequality. Over the past few decades, inequality has increased in various countries. Standard theory suggests that growing inequality as measured by a widening gap between the average and the median income should raise support for redistribution policies because politicians react to the preferences of the median voter. However, most available data do not support the hypothesised relationship between inequality and redistribution. In the survey, five EU-countries (France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK) are compared with Brazil, the US and Russia on existing inequalities, on economic variables and, as background for redistribution, on public social expenditures. The study includes interesting figures and tables, for instance on perceived and ideal income.

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