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Why do the poor oppose income redistribution? An empirical test on the impacts of nationalism and fatalism

Chang, Han Il; Kang, Woo Chang


We study the poor's psychological motivations to oppose income redistribution, relying on social identity and system justification theories. We find that national identification reduces differences between the poor and the rich in terms of attitudes toward income redistribution and self-esteem, by discouraging the poor from supporting redistribution but encouraging them to acquire greater self-esteem. Next, fatalism reduces and increases differences between the poor and the rich in terms of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: The Social Science Journal
DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2018.05.002


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