Intergenerational Mobility and Preferences for Redistribution

@article{Alesina2017IntergenerationalMA,
  title={Intergenerational Mobility and Preferences for Redistribution},
  author={Alberto F. Alesina and Stefanie Stantcheva and Edoardo Teso},
  journal={Comparative Political Economy: Social Welfare Policy eJournal},
  year={2017}
}
Using newly collected cross-country survey and experimental data, we investigate how beliefs about intergenerational mobility affect preferences for redistribution in five countries: France, Italy, Sweden, U.K., and U.S.. Americans are more optimistic than Europeans about intergenerational mobility, and too optimistic relative to actual mobility. Our randomized treatment that shows respondents pessimistic information about mobility increases support for redistribution, mostly for equality of… 

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