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Journal of Public Economics
Páginas: 100-112
Editor: North-Holland
Individual perceptions of income distribution play a vital role in political economy and public finance models, yet there is little evidence regarding their origins or accuracy. This study examines how individuals form these perceptions and explores their potential impact on preferences for redistribution. A tailored household survey provides original evidence on systematic biases in individuals’ evaluations of their own relative position in the income
distribution. The study discusses one of the mechanisms that may generate such biases,
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