English title: The effect of macroeconomic and social conditions on the demand for redistribution: A pseudo panel approach

Author(s): Mads Meier Jæger -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


This paper analyses the effect of macroeconomic and social conditions on the demand for redistribution. Using a synthetic cohort design to generate panel data at the level of socio-demographic groups, analysis of fives waves of data from the European Social Survey (2002–2010) shows that differences across countries in macroeconomic and social conditions have an effect on the demand for redistribution. Consistent with theoretical expectations, economic growth generates a lower demand for redistribution, while higher income inequality generates a higher demand. By contrast, differences across countries in unemployment levels and social expenditure are unrelated to the demand for redistribution. The analysis also suggests that empirical results depend to a considerable extent on the assumptions underlying different methodological approaches.

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

From page no: 149

To page no: 163

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0958928712471225

Journal: Journal of European Social Policy

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