English title: Reciprocity and public support for the redistributive role of the state

Author(s): Francisco Jose Leon -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


The aim of this paper is to test whether motivations characteristic of homo reciprocans, as described in experimental economics, can account for the support for the redistributive role of the State. Using data from the 2008 European Social Survey, we show how this picture of human motivations provides a fertile framework to interpret support for redistribution among the general public. We test this claim through two ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models. The evidence clearly shows that variables associated with ‘reciprocity’ are better predictors of support for the redistributive role of the State than those associated with ‘self-interest’, including the traditional socioeconomic variables, although both types of variables offer useful insights into the question of why people give support for redistribution.

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

From page no: 198

To page no: 215

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0958928711433657

Journal: Journal of European Social Policy

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