Is the Partisan Divide Real? Polarization in Preferences for Redistribution
AbstractThere is a widespread belief that Republicans and Democrats are worlds apart with respect to their preferences for redistribution. However, is that partisan divide real? In this paper, we discuss evidence from the General Social Survey and a tailored survey. We also discuss a revealed-preference measure constructed with administrative data. We conclude that the partisan divide is more nuanced than previously thought.
CitationNathan, Brad, Ricardo Perez-Truglia, and Alejandro Zentner. 2022. "Is the Partisan Divide Real? Polarization in Preferences for Redistribution." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 112: 156-62. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20221070
- D31 Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
- D72 Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- H23 Taxation and Subsidies: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies