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Social mobility and the demand for income redistribution in Latin America



Alesina and Angeletos (2005) and Alesina and Glaeser (2004) argue that income redistribution preferences vary systematically between the different regions and influence the size of government and the composition of public spending. This article analyses the demand for redistribution in Latin America, paying particular attention to the effects of mobility expectations on this demand. The findings suggest that demand for redistribution is driven primarily by self-interest and by considerations of fairness based on the inequality of opportunities. They also reveal the importance of past mobility, while the prospect of upward mobility (POUM) hypothesis advanced by Benabou and Ok (2001) is rejected in the case of the Latin America region.

Includes bibliography

Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) - Biblioteca Hernán Santa Cruz

Mirian Ramirez

Biblioteca CEPAL, Edificio Naciones Unidas, Av. Dag Hammarskjold 3477, Santiago, Chile

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