Why people prefer unequal societies (2018)

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Why people prefer unequal societies (2018)

Authors: Christina Starmans, Mark Sheskin, and Paul Bloom

Nature Human Behaviour

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There is immense concern about economic inequality, both among the scholarly community and in the general public, and many insist that equality is an important social goal. However, when people are asked about the ideal distribution of wealth in their country, they actually prefer unequal societies. We suggest that these two phenomena can be reconciled by noticing that, despite appearances to the contrary, there is no evidence that people are bothered by economic inequality itself. 


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