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You can't always get what you want : East and West Germans attitudes and preferences regarding the welfare state

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Pfarr, Christian ; Schmid, Andreas ; Ulrich, Volker:
You can't always get what you want : East and West Germans attitudes and preferences regarding the welfare state.
Bayreuth , 2013 . - (Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Diskussionspapiere der Universität Bayreuth, Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät ; 03-13 )

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More than twenty years after the fall of the iron curtain, do citizens from former Communist
countries still exhibit attitudes and preferences with regard to the welfare state and income
redistribution that differ from those in the West? This paper seeks to answer this question for
Germany after reunification using not only survey data on attitudes but also evidence on
preferences from a discrete choice experiment, both based on a representative sample. In a
first step, we revisit the empirical evidence, compare our results to those of Alesina and
Fuchs-Schündeln (2007) and test whether convergence of attitudes has yet been achieved. In
a second step, we apply an advanced method to investigate preferences for redistribution in
terms of willingness to pay. This framework is more in line with standard public choice theory
as individuals are forced to overcome trade-offs and are exposed to take their inherent
budget constraint into account when voicing their opinion on redistribution. The results are
quite mixed. While East Germans seem to desire a higher amount of redistribution than West
Germans, they are not willing to contribute more through taxation. This finding has important
implications for social policy in reunified Germany.

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Item Type: Working paper, discussion paper
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement - Juniorprof. Dr. Andreas Schmid
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics III
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics III > Chair Economics III - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volker Ulrich
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 07:04
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 05:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/4905